The Jerusalem Avenue Beautification Project was unveiled by the North Bellmore Civic Association and officials from the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County on Monday.
The project was a collaborative effort of the North Bellmore Civic Association and the Town of Hempstead. It will enhance Jerusalem Avenue with the installation of decorative lighting, brick pavers and plantings on both sides of Jerusalem Avenue from Newbridge Road to Oakfield Avenue.
According Reinaldo Nunez, president of the North Bellmore Civic Association, the organization has been working to improve the look of Jerusalem Avenue for eight years. He said that he and North Bellmore residents are pleased with the work that has been done.
"Neighbors are very excited about it," he said.
County Executive Ed Mangano said that the project will benefit small businesses in North Bellmore.
"We are here to celebrate with the civic association on a project that was needed and I think it is phenomenal," he said. "The county and the town are investing in the business community and the growth of the community."
The project was funded through an intermunicipal partnership with Nassau County. The county secured $150,000 for the project through federal funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
County Legislator Dave Denenberg that he was glad that the county could take part in the beautification of the North Bellmore business district.
"This investment will revitalize Jerusalem Avenue from Newbridge Road to the Wantagh border," Denenberg said. "Hopefully it will expand our businesses, commercial tax base and job opportunities."