Borough selects block grant projects

March 07, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

Community Development Block Grant money will be spent to spiff up downtown Waynesboro following a vote Wednesday by the Borough Council.

The council agreed to seek more than $195,000 in block grant funds for a handful of programs, including improving street lights, curbs and facades of downtown buildings. Property owners could receive money for improvements by grants, low-interest loans or partial payment toward the total cost of improvement projects, said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

The council set aside $50,000 in CDBG funds for the improvement program and another $26,000 in an administrative account to pay for a survey to see what improvements are needed downtown.

A new council committee, downtown revitalization and finance, was set up earlier this year to focus on downtown problems.

It's all part of an effort to fill some of the empty store fronts that line both sides of Main Street.


Hamberger said the program will be flexible and will be able to continue year after year with money from the federal program.

The council agreed to set aside $80,000 of the total CDBG grant for street improvements in lower income sections of the borough.

Another $35,000 will go for housing rehabilitation in low-income areas and $4,000 was dedicated to improving Americans for Disability Act accessibility for peoples with handicaps.

The council held a public hearing on its CDBG application before its regular meeting Wednesday. The application must be filed by March 22.

- Richard Belisle

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