Saturday, May 23, 2009

Community development using ARRA funds proposed; public comments due ASAP

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued a notice of review and public comment in the May 22 edition of the DCR related to the proposed use of federal stimulus funds associated with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).   (See page 4133)   The city is receiving $4.9 million in ARRA funds. The 10-page proposal provides limited details on four items:
  • Commercial Corridor/Small Business Development ($400,000 in CDBG-R)
  • Storefront Fa├žade Improvement ($700,000 in CDBG-R)
  • Barbara Chambers Children’s Center ($0)
  • Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) (just under $3 million in CDBG-R)
Each project includes a brief description, other funding, immediate impact, job creation and economic benefit, job creation and retention, and energy conservation.

The public is encouraged to comment on the proposal; the deadline is COB May 29.   The actual proposal and details about commenting are on page 10.