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Irondale receives $611,580 in CDBG funds for improvements to community building
IRONDALE—The city of Irondale has been awarded a $611,580 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
The grant will used to make repairs, improvements and renovate an existing city-owned community building. The 1,920 square foot wood-framed structure is located on a city-owned lot. Interior and exterior improvements will address building access, improvement environmental efficiency, replace broke and damaged materials, improve safety and prepare the building for emergency use. Improvements and repairs to the existing structure include updated ADA-compliant restrooms; construction of parking and sidewalks; the addition of an egress door and conversion of existing entrances; replacement of roof, windows, siding, soffits and fascia (with energy efficiency features); addition of insulated stud wall; replacement of HVAC unit with energy-efficient model, and the addition of LED lighting.
Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) prepared the grant request and will administer the grant on behalf of the city of Irondale. TR Dudley, a Community Champion Resource and Development Specialist with Great Mines Health Center in Potosi, was instrumental in assisting the city with this grant application. The total cost of the project is $716,880. The city is contributing $10,200 in cash match and $20,000 in-kind match, and Washington County is contributing $61,500 in-kind match on top of the CDBG grant funds. Archer-Elgin provided preliminary engineering and will complete design, bidding and inspection for this project.
CDBG grants support the well-being of Missouri’s communities and increase their capacity for growth. Grants are available in several categories and can be utilized for a variety of community development initiatives and needs.
Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Missouri Department of Economic Development handles Missouri’s allocation of CDBG funds and offers them on a competitive basis to cities, counties and other qualifying entities outside entitlement areas, that receive direct CDBG funds.
Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Mary Heywood, representing the unemployed, serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 33 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.
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