Syracuse, NY, Oct 07, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development (RD) celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated municipal building in Norwood at a ribbon cutting. Congressman Bill Owens, Senator Joseph Griffo, Assemblywoman Addie Russell, and USDA NY RD State Director Jill Harvey were there to congratulate the community on their new addition. Rural Development issued a loan of $453,400 and a grant of $50,000 for the renovation of the building.
The renovation consisted of an installation of a wheelchair lift, a two story expansion on the back of the building, handicap accessible restrooms, a new kitchen, and boiler system. “This facility is the central hub for the Village of Norwood. It is important that it is equipped to serve the entire community. By RD providing over a half a million dollars, the building is now handicap accessible, has an energy efficient boiler system, and a brand new kitchen. Handicap accessibility is key because before it was difficult for those that are differently able to have access to the facility. A new kitchen in the community room opens the door for more community functions. Prior to the renovations, the kitchen was not compliant with regulations and could not be used. We are very pleased with this project and our partnership with the Village of Norwood”, said Jill Harvey.
This funding was made possible through Rural Development’s Community Facility Program. USDA Rural Development makes loans and grants to develop essential rural community facilities in areas of up to 20,000 in population. Direct loans may be made to applicants unable to obtain commercial credit. Priority is given to applicants in rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less. Applicants with low median household incomes receive a higher percentage of the grants.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.