The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $1,145,010 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to Columbus, Fremont, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk and North Platte to pursue community projects targeting neighborhoods benefitting low- and middle-income residents. These grants, made in the Comprehensive Revitalization (CR) category, are administered by DED from the state’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The cities participated in an initial three-year Comprehensive Revitalization effort that began in 2005 with a Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Revitalization Strategy. An updated Strategy extended this participation for three more years (2009-2011). Each city is providing local funds for the projects.
Following are the individual awards based on 2011 CR formula recommendations:
Columbus—$175,000 to continue partnering with NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska in purchasing, rehabilitating and reselling five area homes, including conducting lead-based paint testing; and reconstructing or upgrading sewer and water lines in the area. The City is providing $163,000 in leveraged funds. Contact Joe Mangiamelli at 402-562-4233, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Fremont—$175,000 to rehabilitate three single family rental homes, and three owner-occupied homes; and replace water mains along Military Avenue from Clarkson to Pebble streets. The City is providing $147,000 in leveraged funds. Contact Jan Rise at 402-727-2624, or email@example.com .
Grand Island—$270,010 to upgrade a storm sewer main along 4th and 5th streets, from Eddy to Vine streets, and reconstruct an existing local collector sewer line in the area. The City is providing $1.332 million in leveraged funds. Contact Marco Floreani at 308-385-5444, ext. 179, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kearney—$175,000 to reconstruct streets, area sidewalks, and provide handicap accessible ramps at intersections along several streets in the targeted, high traffic area. The City is providing $163,000 in leveraged funds. Contact Suzanne Brodine at 308-233-3222, or email@example.com .
Norfolk—$175,000 to rehabilitate four downtown businesses, reconstruct streets and alleys along 1st Street from Norfolk Avenue north and replace driveways and sidewalks to comply with requirements set forth in the American with Disabilities Act. The City is providing $161,000 in leveraged funds. Contact Elizabeth Deck at 402-844-2012, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
North Platte—$175,000 to continue street and infrastructure improvements along West 18th Street from North Buffalo Avenue to North Hayes Avenue. Work includes paving gravel streets and making improvements to storm water drainage. The city is providing $175,000 in leveraged funds. Contact Judy Clark at 308-535-6724, or ClarkJM@ci.north-platte.ne.us .
For information about the Department’s Comprehensive Revitalization funding category, contact Steve Charleston at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3757, or email@example.com .