State offers more than $30 million for infrastructure and redevelopment in rural communities

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida (EFI) have awarded several grants totaling more than $30 million to improve infrastructure, community redevelopment and job creation in small and rural communities.

The Department of Economic Opportunity has awarded $29 million to 42 communities through the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The program, administered by DEO and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides funding for housing and community development activities that primarily benefit persons of low- and moderate-income in small cities and rural communities.

The projects awarded through the Florida Small Cities CDBG program include:

City of Alachua ($700,000) – to repave several streets in low-income areas of the city that have become extremely worn and are in critical need of repair.

Town of Alford ($600,000) – to replace the outdated and undersized water main. The project will also replace fire hydrants, rehabilitate two potable water wells, and install an additional fuel tank that is connected to the emergency generator to prevent future outages.

City of Apopka ($750,000) – to repair or replace a minimum of 11 low- and moderate-income, owner-occupied housing units. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided to residents.

City of Bowling Green ($700,000) – to renovate the wastewater treatment plant, provide water flow and pressure to the city’s potable water distribution system, replace the sewer line, and rehabilitate the wastewater collection system’s maintenance holes.

City of Bunnell ($700,000) – to replace an inadequate storm water drainage system and expand another to address runoff and drainage during significant rain events in two service areas.

City of Callaway ($750,000) – to assist a minimum of 11 low- and moderate-income residents with necessary housing repairs to bring them into compliance with the adopted housing code. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided to residents as needed.

City of Carrabelle ($650,000) – to revitalize Carrabelle’s downtown area to benefit existing merchants and draw new businesses into the area. The project will include repairs of the sidewalks, seawall, the boardwalk and lighting fixtures, as well as replacement of the potable water line to provide an adequate supply of water to the restrooms and fish cleaning station.

City of Center Hill ($650,000) – to rehabilitate, demolish and replace substandard housing for a minimum of nine very low, low-, and moderate-income households. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided to approved homeowners.

Town of Century ($700,000) – to upgrade a sewage treatment plant serving three low- and moderate-income service areas. All three areas will benefit from the installation of new pumps, electrical and plumbing, and a new monitoring system and infiltration controls.

Columbia County ($750,000) – to rehabilitate or demolish and replace substandard or deteriorated housing for a minimum of 11 low- and moderate-income households. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided during the rehabilitation.

City of Dade City ($700,000) – to improve parks and playgrounds in three low- and moderate-income service areas. Naomi Jones Park will receive shade covers for playground equipment. Community Park and Watson Park will both receive Americans with Disabilities Act accessible playground equipment.

City of Fort Meade ($700,000) – to revitalize the city’s commercial district by installing crosswalks, pavers, planters, irrigation, street lighting and a fire hydrant. This will improve the economic environment for existing merchants and drawing new businesses.

Town of Glen St. Mary ($600,000) – to provide a new chlorination system and a partition in-ground storage tank and extend the gravity sewer.

City of Green Cove Springs ($700,000) – to replace 50-year-old stormwater pipe and the sidewalk, curb, asphalt, and landscape on West St. Additionally, sidewalks will be added to Highland Ave. and Center St., and Vera Francis Hall Park will receive new picnic tables and benches.

Village of Indiantown ($700,000) – to repave and install stormwater drains along Southwest Seminole Drive and Southwest Osceola St., and replace a sewer line at the Magnolia St. lift station to prevent ongoing sewer overflows.

Town of Inglis ($650,000) – to replace roofs of three municipal buildings used by town residents, and to repair and overlay several existing asphalt roads throughout town.

Town of Jay ($600,000) – to resurface multiple streets located in four low- and moderate-income service areas.

Town of Jennings ($650,000) – to rehabilitate or demolish and replace a minimum of nine very low, low-, and moderate-income households to meet current building code standards. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided.

City of Lake Butler ($700,000) – to replace the sanitary sewer lift stations in two low- and moderate-income service areas to prevent possible failure.

City of Lake City ($750,000) – to revitalize the downtown commercial district by constructing a fountain in Lake Desoto, and to provide new fencing and landscaping with irrigation in Wilson Park.

Town of Lake Placid ($700,000) – to replace a predominately asbestos cement water main to increase the safety and reliability of the potable water service.

City of Lake Wales ($750,000) – to rehabilitate or demolish and replace at least 11 substandard low- and moderate-income, owner-occupied households. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided.

Liberty County ($700,000) – to pave several unpaved roads and replace water meters in five low- and moderate-income service areas.

City of Macclenny ($700,000) – to demolish or rehabilitate and reconstruct two lift stations and gravity sewers within two low- and moderate-income service areas.

City of Madison ($700,000) – to replace sewer lines and water lines serving more than 50 low- and moderate-income households in the South Central area of the city.

Madison County ($750,000) – to rehabilitate 11 low- and moderate-income, owner-occupied households in Madison County. The project will replace substandard housing and remove unhealthy or hazardous conditions.

City of Mary Esther ($700,000) – to install a new water main with service connections and fire hydrants, refurbish sanitary sewer maintenance holes and resurface a roadway.

City of Midway ($700,000) – to pave or repave six separate streets. These activities will serve a total of 301 people, of which most are very low, low-, and moderate-income individuals.

City of New Port Richey ($750,000) – to repair or replace a minimum of 11 low- and moderate-income, homeowner-occupied housing units all of which will be located within the city limits. The project will replace substandard housing and remove unhealthy or hazardous conditions.

City of Polk City ($650,000) – to repave several streets and construct new sidewalks.

Town of Pomona Park ($600,000) – to construct sidewalks along Main Street; replace part of the existing roof at the community center; construct an open picnic shelter and renovate the existing bathroom structure at Beach Park; and create adult exercise stations, an exercise trail and stripe the parking lot at Mayor’s Park.

Town of Ponce De Leon ($600,000) – to make improvements to the Main Street emergency pumping system and the water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Santa Rosa County ($750,000) – to install a new 6-inch waterline in two residential neighborhoods, Barbarossa and New Hope in Midway, to improve water pressure and provide fire protection in low- and moderate-income service areas.

St. Lucie County ($750,000) – to rehabilitate or demolish and replace 11 very low, low-, and moderate-income households to comply with the county’s adopted housing code. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided.

City of Stuart ($750,000) – to rehabilitate or demolish and replace a minimum of 11 low-and moderate-income substandard households and remove unhealthy and hazardous conditions. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided.

Taylor County ($750,000) – to rehabilitate or demolish and replace a minimum of 11 low- and moderate-income substandard households and remove unhealthy and hazardous conditions. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided.

City of Valparaiso ($650,000) – to improve stormwater facilities and complete new street paving in two adjacent service areas.

City of Vernon ($650,000) – to rehabilitate both city wells, improve the water treatment plant, and repave several streets in two low- and moderate-income service areas.

Wakulla County ($750,000) – to rehabilitate or demolish and replace a minimum of 11 low- and moderate-income substandard households. Temporary relocation assistance will be provided if necessary.

City of Webster ($600,000) – to replace water and sewer lines and repave several streets within the City of Webster.

City of West Melbourne ($750,000) – to replace water lines located in the incorporated area of the city.

Town of Worthington Springs ($600,000) – to make community improvements including paving a vacant lot next to the community center/emergency shelter, making asphalt roadway spot improvements, resurfacing streets, making drainage improvements and reconstructing streets.

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