Beacon… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today an award for a local business, Hudson Beach Glass, of Beacon in the form of a low interest business loan in the amount of $300,000. The loan is made possible by an economic development project within a participating municipality of Dutchess County’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).
County Executive Steinhaus said, “The development of the property not only enhances the Main Street in Beacon but will provide additional job opportunities to individuals that are low to moderate income.”
Michael Benzer and John Gilvey, partners in a studio line of art glass giftware, Hudson Beach Glass, purchased a property at 162 Main Street in Beacon NY, in the West End Historic District, that originally was Tompkins Hose Firehouse." They purchased the property and have opened a retail outlet to provide additional distribution of their hand-crafted glass products. In addition, they sell the work of a range of other artists and operate on-site demonstration glass blowing.
Beacon City Mayor, Clara Lou Gould stated, “The Hudson Beacon Glass restoration of the historic Lewis Tompkins Hose Firehouse, a very visible building in the West End Historic District which is on the National Register, preserves an important part of the city's history. The use of the building to display and sell quality hand-crafted glass products is an attraction for both residents and visitors."
The redevelopment of the city has taken a dramatic turn with the opening of the Dia Center for the Arts. Dia’s location in the City of Beacon has caused art related businesses to locate in the business district. County Executive Steinhaus added, “This project is a tremendous asset to the west end of Beacon’s Main Street. The retail showroom and glass workshop compliment Beacon’s growing small business and arts culture.”
CDBG funding is administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides funds to municipalities and human service agencies to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County.