WESTFIELD, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced infrastructure awards Friday for all of the county's 21 municipalities to help fund projects aimed at spurring economic development growth and a wide variety of improvements. Westfield was given $95,000.
The matching grant initiative makes available a total of $1.5 million, assisting municipalities to accomplish tasks undertaken in calendar year 2015.
Not all grants were equal. For example, Elizabeth was awarded $150,000 while Cranford was awarded $55,000. To see the town-by-town list of amounts awarded, click here.
Funding for the grant is provided through the proceeds from the sale of Runnells Specialized Hospital.
“Our goal is to provide an economic boost to our municipalities in an area where state and gederal assistance has been lapsing,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh in a press release. “The end result will be quality of life improvements that continue to make Union County one of the highest-rated places to live in the nation.”
The Infrastructure program was developed through the County Freeholder’s Fiscal Committee, which Freeholder Christopher Hudak chaired, and included Freeholders Alexander Mirabella, Sergio Granados and Angel Estrada, according to the County of Union.
“We also want to stimulate some job growth and provide a public benefit in helping towns to build important development projects or address short-term or long-term governmental, social, transportation matters,” Hudak said.
Some examples of work funded include: clearing/demolition of certain properties slated for redevelopment; streetscape improvements including curbing and sidewalk repairs/improvements; road resurfacings; municipal building improvements and repairs; funding of various revitalization/development studies, and master plans; downtown/business district improvements; sanitary/sewer/flood mitigation improvements.