The Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development (ODSA, OCD) awarded the City with a $300,000 CDBG Critical Infrastructure Program Grant. ODSA received sixty-nine (69) Community Development Program Competitive Set-Aside applications this year. Funding requests for the Competitive Set-Asides, which include Neighborhood Revitalization, Downtown Revitalization, and Critical Infrastructure projects, totaled $21,908,000. ODSA was able to fund thirty-seven (37) top ranking proposals.
The $300,000 CDBG Critical Infrastructure Program Grant along with the City’s PY 2016 CDBG Community Development Allocation of $75,000 will be used to install 450 linear feet of 48 inch storm water pipe in the Shawnee Neighborhood. The installation will start at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Second Street and run west to the Great Miami River.
The Shawnee Neighborhood was eligible for the CDBG funding because the Income Survey that was completed in May of 2016 showed that this neighborhood was 69% low and moderate income. To be eligible for the CDBG funding the project area must be over 51% low and moderate income.
The City anticipates implementing the project next year in late spring.