The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded $1,188,470 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to six communities to undertake Phase II Year One activities approved through the Comprehensive Investment & Stabilization category.
This category was added last summer to help communities in the 5,000-20,000 population range undertake necessary improvement projects. The inaugural Phase I funding awarded $59,000 to Holdrege, Lexington, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Schuyler and Wayne to develop multi-year pre-development studies with goals and action steps.
Following are the Phase II awardees and amounts:
Holdrege will use its $100,000 CDBG funds to implement a code enforcement program for creating a safe, healthy living environment in a couple areas just south of Hwy. 34. This program will include acquiring vacant and blighted properties, clearing lots, preparing sites, and improving surrounding infrastructure. A City/In-kind match of $30,000 will complete the project.
Lexington will apply its $250,000 CDBG funding toward installing new water lines, larger water mains, new sidewalks, parking apron, and curbing and gutters to improve water capacity and safety and provide more efficient drainage primarily along 5th and 6th streets. The City will match $282,100 to complete the project.
Nebraska City’s $123,470 CDBG award will be used to remove and then replace concrete curbing, curb ramps, gutters, sidewalks, handrails, retaining walls, and a American with Disabilities Act approved ramp in/around Nuckolls Square Park and the residential neighborhoods north and south of 2nd and 3rd avenues, from 11th to 10th streets. A City cash/In-kind match of $37,415 will complete the project.
Plattsmouth will use its $250,000 CDBG funds to repair paved streets, replace water mains and make drainage improvements in an area encompassing parts of 3rd through 8th avenues, Lincoln Ave., 8th to 10th streets, Lincoln Ave., and Hillcrest Ave. The City will match $250,000 to complete the project.
Schuyler will apply its $250,000 CDBG funding toward street, sidewalk, and storm sewer improvements along 16th Street. The City will match $83,000 to complete the project.
Wayne will use its $215,000 CDBG funding to demolish six vacant and blighted structures, construct a public tornado shelter and restrooms, undertake an owner-occupied rehabilitation program for three area homes, and make water line and street improvements along East 4th Street, Dearborn Street, and Valley Drive. The City will match $130,400 to complete the project.
Communities may be awarded grants ranging from $150,000-$250,000 each funding year for a total of three years to implement activities.
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