August 11, 2011

Final Contracts Awarded on CDBG Housing Rehab Project

Seven years after first being approved for a more than $400,000 Community Development Block Grant, the remaining funds from the program are expected to be expended after the final eight housing rehabilitation projects were approved by the Memphis City Council at an August 4th meeting.

On August 5, 2004 the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced a $411,750 grant to help fund neighborhood beautification in Memphis. Overall, the state of Missouri released more than $3 million in grants aimed at creating more viable neighborhoods by eliminating blight and improving housing conditions across the state.

The funding was secured through the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission under project coordinator David Davison. The project has been administered by Richard Harper.

Harper submitted bid sheets for the rehabilitation of eight properties in Memphis for city council approval on August 4th.

As recommended by Harper, four bids were awarded to contractor Destry Spurgeon of Arbela. One bid was awarded to Steve Dial Construction. Two bids were awarded to Double D Construction of Edina with the final bid going to B & B Construction, Bobby Small.

The more than $400,000 awarded to the Memphis program targeted revitalization of housing units for 23 low to moderate income (LMI) households as well as demolishing one dilapidated structure.

The grant application initially required a targeted area, with houses within the boundaries of Jefferson Street on the north, Sanders Street on the east, Madison Street on the south and Adams Street on the west.

The project was eventually expanded to allow the expenditure of the total grant amount, a process that has taken seven years.

The grant allows for a maximum of $15,000 to be spent per house for rehabilitation with up to $6,000 more for lead abatement. The home improvements will be funded with a 92.5 percent payment with grant money. The owner will contribute the remaining 7.5 percent of the cost.

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