Community development budget on council’s agenda

City Council will review on first reading the 2017 Community Development budget for 2017 tonight.

The budget is overseen by the city Department of Community and Economic Development.

The largest portion is an estimated $944,106 in block grant funding. Of that, $622,129 will be allocated to public facilities and improvements such as $310,011 for street construction and reconstruction.

Activity includes reconstruction of Hillside Avenue from Arch Street to Lilac Lane, Ross Street from Packer Street to Mulberry Street, and Louisa Street from Mt. Carmel Street to Wildwood Boulevard.

An estimated $125,000 was allocated to the Brandon Park improvements and another $125,000 will be requested to meet a local-match requirement in a $250,000 grant application with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The work entails resurfacing the tennis courts, reuse of the Showers pool area, playground, pathway and landscaping and stormwater management improvements.

Way’s Garden restoration will have an additional $30,000 in funds for the continuing improvement of the park at West Fourth and Maynard streets.

Significant community development funding is allocated toward those seeking rehabilitation of their homes, first-time homebuyer assistance and rental rehabilitation.

Council’s other action tonight is to review a proposed lot consolidation and land development for Horizon Federal Credit Union, which is growing its business on Reach Road.

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