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ARKVILLE – Four towns and two villages in the heart of the Catskills are hailing the award of a state grant to help revitalize their communities through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program of the state Department of State.
The Town of Olive applied for the grant for the Esopus-Delaware Corridor Revitalization project and received over $91,000.
Town of Olive Supervisor Berndt Leifeld said the funds will be used to spruce up the Route 28 corridor to promote tourism and business growth.
“It’s time the state put a little money in (Rt.) 28,” he said. “It happens to be the Catskills’ biggest off-Thruway road and main street, basically, for the Catskills, especially in this area. It needs some work and some beautification and hopefully we can do something.”
Six communities along the Route 28 corridor — from Olive in Ulster County to Andes in Delaware County – have formed a partnership involving the inter-municipal Central Catskills Collaborative, the landscape architecture program of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the regional non-profit, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Inc.
Together they will conduct community visioning exercises and produce both corridor-wide and site-specific designs for communities along the Esopus Creek and the East Branch of the Delaware River.