MASSENA - When the St. Lawrence River Redevelopment Association met tis week, they approved more than $430,000 in grants, with more than $118,000 of that earmarked for projects in Massena.
Among those receiving funding in Massena were the Boys and Girls Club, Massena Arts and Theatre Association and the Massena Central High School Robotics team.
Timmy J. Currier, who chairs the board of directors for the Massena Boys and Girls Club, said the $55,000 they received will go a long way toward helping them get the club open.
The money received from the RVRDA will be used to help renovate the former St. Joseph’s Social Hall, where the club will be located.
“Their support will go a long way in helping us open the doors of this club, and we are so thankful to them,” Mr. Currier said referring to the RVRDA.
When the club applied to the RVRDA for funding, Mr. Currier said he was optimistic they would receive funding.
“The opening of the club will not only benefit Massena by improving the lives of our children, it will also have an economic benefit as jobs will be created,” he said. “We felt when we applied to the RVRDA that our project was in line with their approach to economic development, and we are so pleased that they agreed and chose to support this important project.”
Mr. Currier said the grant will help keep the project on track.
“We anticipate a part-time opening this fall, with a full opening in the fall of 2015,” he said.
Also receiving funding was the Massena Arts & Theatre Association. Their grant of $50,000 will be used to help purchase the building and begin renovations.
R. Shawn Gray, who serves as MATA president, said the grant was good news.
“We’re very pleased,” he said. “We applied to the River Valley Redevelopment Association for funding and were pleasantly surprised to receive a grant.”
He said the money will be used to aid in the purchase of the building and begin renovations.
“Our first phase is to purchase and secure the building,” he said. “We’re also doing some facade work.”
When the MATA board meets later this month, he said they “will make some decisions,” at which point people may begin to notice progress on the property being made.
“We’ll be making some decisions at our next board meeting later this month and then we’ll move on from there,” he said. “We’re looking forward to moving ahead with the project.”
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