Several Bronx sites to benefit from $10M grant in Downtown Revitalization Initiative

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Several sites across the Bronx will benefit from millions of dollars in funding as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Communities participating in the program are nominated by the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils based on the downtown’s potential for transformation.

More than 100 organizations applied for a share of the funding, but only 12 projects were selected as recipients.

The public pool at the nonprofit organization BronxWorks is one of the places in the South Bronx that will benefit from the $10 million grant.

The BronxWorks pool will be receiving almost $450,000 to renovate its aging locker room ceiling and improve its ventilation system.

Representatives of the nonprofit tell News 12 that they hope to start putting the funds to use next year.

The goal of the program is to make strategic investments in the neighborhood that will create a unified downtown and improve the quality of life for residents in the area.

“The money will really be spent very well in order to make this a better public facility,” says Assistant Executive Director John Weed.

Also included in the program is the Pregones Theater on Walton Ave., which is set to receive $260,000. Representatives say they will turn the aging structure into a brand-new facility and add performance and educational spaces.

“It's just more opportunities to tell our stories and to engage the community that is under-served when it comes to the arts and just theater in general,” says the theater’s artistic director. “We're hoping that this is just the beginning and that many artists will continue to consider the Bronx as a destination.”

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