BY LUIS GRONDA
One of the projects that the Howard Beach Resilience Committee recommended is closer to coming to fruition.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery announced that $40 million will be allocated to create a network of resilient community centers in many Superstorm Sandy-affected areas, including Howard Beach and two on the Rockaway Peninsula.
The centers, while not meant to serve as evacuation centers, will give these areas a central location to go for residents to get basic services needed in the event of another Sandy-like storm hitting New York City in the future.
“Through the NY Rising Community Center Program, we not only aim to formalize these community-based networks of support, but also to demonstrate the positive change being initiated through our Community Reconstruction Program,” Executive Director of GOSR Jamie Rubin said.
The community center in Howard Beach is one of several Sandy-related needs its resilence committee asked for as it was putting together ideas for how the coastal neighborhood can be more resilient in the future. According to their proposal, the center would be based at multiple locations in Howard Beach, including the Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center at 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd. and the Waldbaums supermarket across the street from the senior center.
According to the press release, the Governor’s office of storm recovery are requesting applications from facilities in the area and there should be places that serve the community on a daily basis.
According to a spokesperson, the amount of money each of the areas will get out of the $40 million will be dependent on the community response to applying for the money.
The Howard Beach committee asked for $3 million to build the community center in their neighborhoods as well as an additional $1 million for satellite centers in the area.
It’s a step in the right direction,” said Betty Braton, Community Board 10 Chairperson. “We look forward to it resulting in a building that the community can use.”
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