City of Holyoke Recieves $1.1m for Renovations Text Size

Mayor Alex B. Morse is pleased to announce the allocations for the FY2013 Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds.  CDBG Funds are provided to the city through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and offer a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States, including Holyoke. The city will receive $1,109,335 for projects beginning on July 1, 2013. 

The upgrades and renovations will include:
$200,000 for the Avery Field renovation
$200,000 for the Library Park renovation
$50,000 for the Facade Improvement Program
$75,000 for the Senior Center Upgrades
$200,000 for the Flats Connection Project

Avery Field and Library Park will each undergo  renovations to improve recreational opportunities for residents. Funding will be provided to the Department of Public Works for sidewalk improvements and to improve pedestrian access in the area of Mosher Street with new sidewalks, handicapped accessible ramps, landscaping and lighting.

For the first time in several years, Mayor Morse is pleased to announce funding for the Facade Improvement Program offering grants to property owners to make improvements to storefronts and businesses. Over $165,000 will be provided to agencies offering services for youth, elderly, employment, education, and domestic violence intervention. The Office for Community Development provides a CDBG Service Guide at its webpage.

Posted on June 24, 2013 by