Eight public works projects share $1.9 million in CDBG funding

LINCOLN, NEB. – October 5, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded eight Nebraska communities with $1,942,193 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to pursue projects in the public works category.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development administers the state’s CDBG program. Federal funds are made available to Nebraska from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG program, which assists with the development of businesses and communities throughout the state.

Funding has been awarded to the following communities:

Beatrice: $250,000 for street improvements, additional storm sewers, flood control measures and drainage facilities along 2nd Street between Grant and Ella streets. The city will provide the remaining $320,200.

Blue Springs: $250,000 to surface 12.5 blocks of gravel streets in the city with asphalt. The city will contribute $339,500 from Keno funds to complete the project.

Chadron: $250,000 to build an Aquatic and Wellness Facility that is open to the public. Additional features will include a walking track, therapy pool, and meeting space. Swimming classes and aerobics also will be available. The remaining $5,739,810 is from the Kiewit Foundation, Dawes County Travel Board, Community Development Assistance Act, Civic and Community Center Financing Fund, Capital Campaign Contribution, and sales tax.

Newman Grove: $246,173 to make street, sidewalk, and storm sewer improvements to 9th and 10th streets between Hale Avenue and Pike Avenue and 9th Street south of Hale Avenue. The city will provide the remaining $74,598 to complete the project.

Red Cloud: $250,000 to build a 6,000-sq.-ft. non-profit child care facility. The facility will be available to all children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years living in the community or surrounding communities. The remaining $887,000 will come from donations through the Red Cloud Community Foundation Funds.

South Sioux City: $250,000 to remove and replace dilapidated storm water inlets and portions of streets and sidewalks, and provide fire safety to increase the fire suppression flow by upsizing the line to accommodate new fire hydrants. This work will be performed along West 16th Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue. Remaining funding of $303,268 is from the City’s Sales Tax/Water-Sewer User Capital Funds.

Wakefield: $196,020 to improve streets, sidewalk ramps, storm sewers, and curbing/gutters along Johnson Street from 4th to 8th streets. This street is a route to the local school. The city is providing the remaining $65,350.

Walthill: $250,000 to renovate a former fire barn into a new library. The new facility will meet ADA accessibility standards and provide ample room to continue expanding the library’s collection and services. The remaining $122,110 will come from the Kiewit Foundation and donations.

For more information, contact Brian Gaskill at 800-426-6505402-471-2280 or brian.gaskill@nebraska.

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