August 1, 2002

Downing Gets $67,600 CDBG To Demolish Old Buildings

The City of Downing was among 14 Missouri communities selected as part of a $3.8 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funding housing rehabilitation projects.

The Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission indicated Downing will receive a $67,600 CDBG to help pay for the demolition and removal of eight structures located within the city limits.

"This type of funding is made available to help communities clean up problem areas while also opening up the locations as future building sites," said RPC Director David Shoush.

Edina also was among the grant recipients from the application submitted by the NEMO RPC. The city will receive $63,400 to demolish six structures in the town.

The City of Downing will provide $7,400 in cost-sharing measures to the local plan bringing the total project cost to $75,800.

Shoush stressed that the city projects were all voluntary demolition projects and no property owners or residences were being displaced by the clean up projects.

The federal funds have been released as part of the CDBG competition administered state-wide by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The grants will be used on a variety of projects including improvements to specific neighborhoods as projects similar to those in Downing and Edina for the razing of dilapidated buildings that threaten public safety.

"Eliminating our blighted areas and improving our housing conditions is essential in ensuring a high quality of life for all Missourians," said Governor Bob Holden as he announced the grant recipients July 26. "I am pleased that the state is assisting our communities on these projects that will beautify our neighborhoods and eliminate some unsafe structures."

The city of Carl Junction was the largest beneficiary of the program, receiving a grant of $500,000. Cape Girardeu was given a $496,500 CDBG. Armstrong got $437,200 followed by Houston with $409,600, Mercer with $381,600, Blackburn with $337,800, Chula with $351,600, and Wentzville with $324,000. Brookfield and Trenton each received $125,000 grants while Paris got $93,756 and Unionville received $90,000.

The neighborhood develop-ment grants are awarded annually through a competitive rating process according to the amount of funds that have been appropriated. The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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