Farmingdale’s “beauty” treatment continues

June 11, 2012 by  

For two years, the Village of Farmingdale has been getting a facial, and the work continues this summer. According to Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen, more streetscape and building façade work is scheduled for completion in the coming months.

Mayor Christiansen said:

“This is going on two years now that the money was first awarded to us.

“We did a lottery the first year and the first 23 people were chosen for the improvements.”

The goal is to revamp and update the village’s central business district centered on Main Street. If you’re wondering what’s in store for the area, take a stroll past Moby Drugs and check-out the refurbished storefront. Decorative brick work and sidewalk renovation add to the charm, a development applauded by business owners that rely on pedestrian traffic.

Creating attractive, walkable streets with a healthy mix of business activity has been a proven strategy for breathing new vitality into downtowns and village centers. In addition to retail shops, restaurants, and professional services, companies that support these activities with business card printing or brochure printing, also benefit from a lively, local business district.

Federal dollars slated to support main street improvement projects have been cut for next year.

“We’ll probably be losing 15 to 20 percent of the funding for it because we know the government is cutting about that much. That’s just the way it is.”

Said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

Farmingdale officials have decided taxpayers won’t be asked to make-up the difference. Instead, the village board declared revitalization efforts will continue at whatever level and pace is possible until the money runs out.