The Baskerville area of Dublin was recently awarded a grant that should help the renovation and growth of the existing community.
The Community Development Block Grant was awarded to the Dublin community in the amount of $1 million, as announced by Governor Bob McDonnell. One of the main aspects of the plan calls for an upgrade to existing water and sewer lines in the community.
"The Town of Dublin accepted a gracious invitation extended by Mr. Shawn Utt, community development director for Pulaski County, to cooperate with the grant in every way," said Dublin Town manager William Parker. "Our portion will fund new infrastructure, primarily water and sewer line extensions serving the community."
Also involved in the project will be the demolition of one structure that is vacant and the revitalization of 11 homes and a rental property in the community. All of these projects are expected to begin sometime in the winter months.
In order to be eligible for the grant, each resident in the community must have fallen into certain criteria as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Two people were forced from their homes because of the deterioration of their living conditions.
"I personally, as well as the mayor and Town Council, feel that it is an excellent opportunity to provide improvements for the community as a whole," Parker said. "Moreover, without the grant funding, it would be next to impossible to fund such an undertaking in today’s economy."
According to the HUD Web site, the Community Development Block Grant program was founded in 1974 and is one of the longest running programs operated by HUD.