Newtown Block Grant

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Improvements aplenty are needed up and down West Beverley Street and the ball could be rolling in that direction pending city approval Thursday.

"We'll be sharing the plans we have for the community and asking support of city council," says Staunton's Economic Development Specialist Stephen Versen.

That support comes with a two million dollar price tag. Economic Development is looking to fill a large chunk of that with federal money.

"We expect to get $1.4 million in a community development block grant and the rest will be coming from the city council and private sources," says Versen.

If approved, that money will fund two main components, Infrastructure and Housing. The most notable is installing new drainage systems and an alley loop off of West Beverley Street.

"By providing rear parcel access to these properties," says Versen. "The property owners will be able to park behind their houses, be able to take their trash out behind them and that will make the houses more valuable, more desirable to the private market."

City council will hold a special meeting later this month to consider its proposal. The grant application must be submitted by March 23.

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