Funding OK’d For Info Kiosk
Want information about Northport Village? Head to the “ice house” at the harbor.
That could very well be the new advice visitors receive thanks in part to a $15,500 grant the Northport Chamber of Commerce is in line to receive to build an information kiosk.
The Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizen’s Advisory Board approved Northport’s application for funding to build the kiosk outside the entrance to Village Park near Woodbine Marina, as well as two information boards – one near the village municipal parking lot and one near the John W. Engeman Theater.
“Making Northport Village an even more attractive and vibrant place to visit, shop and enjoy family and friends is a smart way to not only improve our quality of life, but also to improve the economy of the county as a whole,” said County Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport).
The money is to be drawn from $250,000 in Round XI Downtown Revitalization grants offered by Suffolk County. The legislature is expected to provide final approval to the grant applications in early October.
The 8-foot by 7-foot kiosk will turn to Northport’s historic roots for inspiration.
“I thought it was a great project. This kiosk building is going to look like the old Northport Ice House, and it’s a nice thing to have for information,” said Keith Barrett, a Suffolk County Citizen’s Advisory Board member from Melville.
While the exterior will exude vintage charm, the interior will be state of the art.
“It’s going to look like an old-fashioned ice house, but it will be modern inside,” Debi Triolo, president of the Northport Chamber of Commerce, said. “It has a monitor screen you can see from outside… It’s going to loop a slideshow of all the historical photos of Northport and all the goings on.”
Triolo said the kiosk would be staffed several hours each day, four days a week seasonally. The $15,500 grant will help leverage additional funding to complete the project.
“It’s going to be such a great piece in the village with Tuesday nights and Thursday nights,” Triolo said. “We’ve pulled so many people into Northport who have never been there, and it’s going to be a nice, concentrated source of information of all that Northport has to offer.”