mc facade old monmouth candyOld Monmouth Candies of Freehold receives $1,750

PHOTO: Hal and Susan Gunther accept the first Monmouth County Façade Improvement Program check from Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso and Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone at the Old Monmouth Candies store in Freehold. Members of the County’s Façade Improvement committee look on.

FREEHOLD, NJ – The first check from Grow Monmouth Façade Improvement Program was presented today to the owners of Old Monmouth Candies.

“We are very proud to stand in front of the freshly painted Old Monmouth Candies headquarters and hand Hal and Susan Gunther a check for $1,750,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “Kudos to Old Monmouth Candies for getting right to work once their application was approved; this is a great program that is helping businesses with exterior improvements.”

Old Monmouth Candies, known for its world-famous peanut brittle, is located at 627 Park Ave. (State Hwy. 33 business) in Freehold Borough. The business is owned by the Gunther family.

“The Façade Improvement Program helped us upgrade our exterior that really took a beating during Superstorm Sandy,” Hal Gunther said. “We hired a local painter to do the work and bought the paint at the paint store across the street from our shop. This project really allowed us to keep things local and we are thankful to the County for the quick turnaround.”

“This family-owned business used this unique Grow Monmouth funding program with some impressive results,” Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said. “The County is ready to award up to $1,850 for business upgrades such as new awnings, paint, doors or signs. I encourage business owners to apply immediately.”

The program is part of the successful Grow Monmouth initiative that is utilizing HUD Community Development Block Grant funds to help improve the look of privately held commercial buildings located in HUD eligible areas of Monmouth County. No County funds are being used for the program.

HUD eligible areas include all or part of 26 of the County’s municipalities. Eligible municipalities include Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Colts Neck (naval station only), Deal, Eatontown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Hazlet, Highlands, Howell, Keansburg, Keyport, Lake Como, Manalapan, Matawan, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls (naval station only), Union Beach and West Long Branch.

Asbury Park, Long Branch and Middletown businesses are not eligible for this program because those municipalities receive designated HUD Community Development Block Grants directly.

“No matching funds are required from the business,” Arnone said. “A total of $75,000 has been set aside for this program, so businesses should apply now.”

For more information about the Grow Monmouth Façade Improvement Program please contact the Division of Economic Development at 732-431-7470 or visit the Grow Monmouth section of the County website at www.visitmonmouth.com.