Manorhaven board officials announced last Friday that the village received $3 million from Nassau County to repave and improve Manorhaven Boulevard in Port Washington.
Since Manorhaven Boulevard is a county road, Village Trustees Jim Avena and Priscilla von Roeschlaub said they met with Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton in March to discuss ideas to enhance Manorhaven Boulevard and to receive extra funding.
“Jim and my conversation with Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton began with relatively modest funding requests, such as bus shelters, benches, plantings and lampposts,” Von Roeschlaub said. “But as we continued to discuss ideas for our lovely village along Manhasset Bay, Delia knew the county could help to dramatically enhance our main street for the entire community to enjoy. We are very eager to see this excellent project through to completion.”
Von Roeschlaub said some of the ideas discussed included new sidewalks and curbs, building façade upgrades, benches, attractive streetlamps and plantings.
After agreeing with the village, DeRiggi-Whitton said she submitted an amendment to the Nassau County Capital Budget and Plan for $2 million in streetscape improvement funding.
The amended plan, which was adopted by the Nassau County Legislature on March 7, will enhance the entire mile-long stretch of Manorhaven Boulevard over and above the $1 million allocated by Nassau County to repave the entire road.
Von Roeschlaub said before any plans are finalized, the community will be invited to review concepts and provide input and that the vision for this project is to turn the village’s main thoroughfare into an area that will serve its residents, attract visitors and create community pride.
“I want Manorhaven to be better than it is,” Von Roeschlaub said. “I want it to be beautiful.”
Nassau County officials said before construction begins, the village needs to conduct a traffic study, meet with residents and businesses to gain input, and get approval from the Nassau County Planning Commission.