North Hempstead has announced plans to use $44 million of federal money to help repair damage to parkling lots, the Town Dock, and its town parks that have been damaged from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.
The funding is coming from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will help pay for architectural studies and site construction. $5 million will be coming from the state itself as well to aid the effort.
“We were hit really hard by super storm Sandy, and that’s why you’re seeing this number being so much higher than before,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, noting that the town has completed other FEMA restoration projects.
The money is expected to fund 15 projects total, and is one of the largest sums of restoration money FEMA has ever awarded to the town of North Hempstead.
The parking lots at North Heampstead Beach Park is expected to cost $10.6 million, while $5.5 is expected to be used for the parking lot at Michael J. Tully Park. Both of the locations had become temporary debris collection sites after the storm had hit, which had accumulated more then 18 tons of trash causing damage to the pavements.
Out of all the repairs scheduled, the largest one will be to reconstruct the Town Dock in Port Washington which will cost $20 million. The repairs will actually create a new dock, which will be taller and have a drainage system included as well as steel pilings that are treated to resist water corrosion.