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Council honors Community Development Block Grant program
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August 20, 2014 11:47 AM | 1773 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At its meeting Tuesday night, the Sandy Springs City Council marked the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant program with a proclamation declaring this Friday as Sandy Springs Community Development Block Grant Fair Housing Day. The program provides annual grants to cities, counties and states to develop strong communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

It is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sandy Springs completed its first five-year consolidated plan in 2008. The city initiated its first grant project in late 2009, with a comprehensive sidewalk assessment and design plan targeting areas along the Roswell Road corridor.

In its utilization of grant funds, the city has been able to leverage its capital improvement projects moneys to complete sidewalk networks in critical target areas benefitting low and moderate income individuals by providing improved access to public services, commercial areas, public transit and community facilities, improving overall pedestrian safety.

Among those projects: Pitts, Ison and Roswell roads intersections, Dalrymple Road to the city’s northern boundary at the Chattahoochee River and Hightower Trail. Construction is currently under way for Phase 2 of the Roswell Road multiyear sidewalk project, encompassing portions of the street from Northridge Road to Roberts Drive. The work includes sidewalk upgrades to current accessibility standards, installation of pedestrian street lighting and landscaping.

Since 1974, the grant program has invested $144 billion in communities nationwide, and the city of Sandy Springs has received $3.8 million in funding.

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