Wetumpka awarded $377K grant for downtown projects

Published 9:13am Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis said Tuesday that the official announcement of a $377,200 grant award for the city leaves only one more piece of the puzzle before downtown redevelopment plans can move from paper to reality.

“With the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) money I’ve been able to secure for us, along with these recent grants, we’re very close,” he said. “We’re waiting to hear from one more grant application. That’s an $850,000 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant). It has a $400,000 match that would be shared between the city and the water works.”

Willis said the total between MPO funding and grants, if the CDBG award is received, will be “somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million.”

This week’s $377,200 grant is Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding approved by the Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT) for the commercial business district revitalization area pedestrian connector.

“This grant will let us put the pretty and the fluff on top of everything we’re planning to do,” said Willis. “It will pay for sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, all that kind of thing.

“When we get that next one we can move forward and get the downtown project done. We’re excited. I think we’re very close.”

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