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$3 million Southeast Pulaski grant approved

It looks as though a Southeast Pulaski neighborhood will soon be getting a makeover.
Town officials learned Tuesday that a nearly $3 million grant it sought to revitalize a southeast neighborhood was among more than $14 million in Virginia Community Development Block Grants (VCDBG) approved.
“We’re delighted,” Mayor Jeff Worrell said of the announcement made by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. “There’s been a good amount of work that has gone into (applying for the grant) already. Now that we’ve got (the funding) in place, we’re delighted to move forward and I expect we’ll be doing so very soon.”
Worrell pointed out that the revitalization project “includes a little bit of everything” from street and water system improvements to removing blighted structures and building new ones.
Kaine announced Tuesday that $14,134,490 in federal funding is being made available for 22 community development projects across the Commonwealth. The projects are expected to benefit 3,790 Virginians, of which 2,899 are low-to-moderate income.
The CDBG Program includes $2,789,436 for the Dora Highway Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which is expected to benefit 154 persons, 137 of whom are low-to-moderate income.
The project calls for the town to “provide a broad range of improvements” to the neighborhood, including “the rehabilitation of ten owner-occupied homes, the substantial reconstruction of owner-occupied homes, the rehabilitation of four rental homes, the acquisition of six lots for the construction of six new homes for sale to first-time low-to-moderate income homebuyers, and the demolition and clearance of six vacant and blighted structures. Infrastructure upgrades will include the installation of 3,000 feet of water line, resurfacing of 1,628 feet of existing streets, improvements to an intersection and construction of two cul-de-sacs.
Since 1982, the federally-funded VCDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Virginia receives up to $19 million annually for its “small cities” grant program.
VCDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blight conditions.
The Dora Highway revitalization is a multi-year project, meaning it will receive a contract allocating funds for one year. After achieving specific performance targets, it will then be eligible for another year of funding.

$3 million Southeast Pulaski grant approved

It looks as though a Southeast Pulaski neighborhood will soon be getting a makeover.
Town officials learned Tuesday that a nearly $3 million grant it sought to revitalize a southeast neighborhood was among more than $14 million in Virginia Community Development Block Grants (VCDBG) approved.
“We’re delighted,” Mayor Jeff Worrell said of the announcement made by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. “There’s been a good amount of work that has gone into (applying for the grant) already. Now that we’ve got (the funding) in place, we’re delighted to move forward and I expect we’ll be doing so very soon.”
Worrell pointed out that the revitalization project “includes a little bit of everything” from street and water system improvements to removing blighted structures and building new ones.
Kaine announced Tuesday that $14,134,490 in federal funding is being made available for 22 community development projects across the Commonwealth. The projects are expected to benefit 3,790 Virginians, of which 2,899 are low-to-moderate income.
The CDBG Program includes $2,789,436 for the Dora Highway Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which is expected to benefit 154 persons, 137 of whom are low-to-moderate income.
The project calls for the town to “provide a broad range of improvements” to the neighborhood, including “the rehabilitation of ten owner-occupied homes, the substantial reconstruction of owner-occupied homes, the rehabilitation of four rental homes, the acquisition of six lots for the construction of six new homes for sale to first-time low-to-moderate income homebuyers, and the demolition and clearance of six vacant and blighted structures. Infrastructure upgrades will include the installation of 3,000 feet of water line, resurfacing of 1,628 feet of existing streets, improvements to an intersection and construction of two cul-de-sacs.
Since 1982, the federally-funded VCDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Virginia receives up to $19 million annually for its “small cities” grant program.
VCDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blight conditions.
The Dora Highway revitalization is a multi-year project, meaning it will receive a contract allocating funds for one year. After achieving specific performance targets, it will then be eligible for another year of funding.