City Council eyes Ashe Street project, boat access

September 7, 2018

The city and Housing Assistance Corp. are in the process of applying for a Community Development Block Grant for $750,000 to revitalize the neighborhood around Ashe Street, which was recently rezoned from residential to central mixed use. If awarded, the funds will be spent to construct sidewalks and improve housing conditions in the area through acquisition of vacant and unoccupied property. The grants will be submitted in conjunction with a State Revolving Loan application to replace water and sewer lines in the same neighborhood. The city will be responsible for providing funding for land use planning, surveying and infrastructure design. To coincide, the council also adopted a residential anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan resolution. The resolution formalizes the city’s commitment to replace low- and medium-income housing, according to Downtown Economic Development Director Lew Holloway.



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