East Windsor Township Awarded $400,000 New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Small Cities Community Development Block Grant
Published on Mar 25, 2020 at 10:42a.m.
Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that, upon application by Mayor and Council, East Windsor Township was awarded a maximum $400,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CGBG) from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for the expansion of the East Windsor Senior Center. The highly competitive Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program provides direct assistance to eligible municipalities and counties for housing rehabilitation, public facilities, community revitalization and economic development. East Windsor was one of only twenty two grants awarded statewide.
The Senior Center expansion project proposes an approximately 5,000 square feet addition to the rear of the building and a small 785 square foot addition to the north side of the building, to accommodate the significant growth in the senior citizen membership. The additional space and the designated locations are intended to maximize use of the current site and to provide flexibility in space configuration, to best accommodate and enhance access to the full-range of fitness, social and educational programs and activities offered at the Senior Center.
Mayor Mironov stated, “We are extremely grateful for this award by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, which will help fund the expansion of the popular East Windsor Senior Center. The Senior Center serves as a major focal point in our community, offering our local senior citizens a great place to engage in a variety of recreational, educational and health-related programs and activities, as well as to hang out and socialize. Membership at the Senior Center has grown dramatically, and this expansion will enable the center to accommodate more members and offer expanded classes, programs and special events for our residents.”
According to Mayor Mironov, the Township currently is in the process of finalizing architectural plans and elevations and specifications for the expansion with the Township-retained architect. In addition to the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant, the project is being supported by a $1 million grant successfully obtained by Mayor and Council through the Mercer at Play grant program.
Financial assistance for this activity is made possible by a grant in the amount of $400,000 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Housing and Community Resources, New Jersey Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program, Governor Phil Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Funding for the State’s CDBG Program was provided by a grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, State Community Development Block Grant Program.