Port Jervis prepares for fourth try at $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant

File photo showing Mayor Kelly Decker (center) and Sen Charles Schumer at the site of the proposed water park

PORT JERVIS – The City of Port Jervis is not giving up although three previous tries at locking up the state’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant went to another city.

Middletown won the first round, Kingston the second and New Rochelle the third.

Port Jervis Community Development Director Valeria Maginsky has her own wish list.

“We are definitely looking at Riverside Park and access across the tracks into the downtown,” Maginsky said.  “Not having that access is real choke point because you can have events on either one side of the tracks or the other side of the tracks.  This whole idea would open the park up and then make it available for people to cross over legally instead of illegally.”

The city would also like to use some of money to develop the Delaware River water park, which is still in the permitting stages. A public hearing will be held by the city on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall to hear what Port Jervis residents would like should the city will the grant this year.

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