January 8, 2013AVR Promenade Wins State Funding

The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council granted the mile-long AVR Hudson Landing Promenade project in the City of Kingston and Town of Ulster a $1.2 million grant that will allow a portion of the Promenade to come to fruition.

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo said the project will add to the attraction and allure of the city.

“It’s all part of making Kingston and the county an inter-modal, interconnected network of trails, which will literally result in people wanting to Kingston a destination to live and work,” Gallo said.

AVR Development principal Thomas Perna said the promenade is the first step toward construction of their housing project and that will also be driven by the market and the economy. The City and Town originally applied for a $2.9 million grant that would have allowed for the completion of the entire Promenade. Further funding is now being sought.

The Ulster County Legislature, meanwhile, noted that in September it passed a resolution urging the governor to include the project in this year’s regional plan.

Among the other Ulster County state grants are $100,000 for FALA Technologies in Kingston for ISO, software and technical training; $775,000 for a Hudson Valley Food Hub; and funding for projects in the towns of Marbletown, Saugerties, Wawarsing and the Village of New Paltz.