The City of Edinburg has received its share of funds the federal government says will stabilize and revive local neighborhoods locally and across the country.
Edinburg has received $249,877 in stimulus funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Recovery Fund, which will be used to reconstruct existing streets in some of the more impoverished areas of the city.
The project, Bar 2 subdivision street improvement Phase II, will involve the reconstruction of existing streets north of Monte Cristo Road off of Doolittle Road. Reconstruction will also include an 18-inch curb and gutter, as well as sidewalks and street lighting. The addition of sidewalks and lighting depend on the “bid process and the feasibility” of doing those projects, according to the city.
Drainage improvements to the same location in north Edinburg are currently underway using 2008 CDBG funding. More than 14 jobs are estimated to be created for the project, according to the city.
“These are all colonias that are entering the city limits that are in dire need of being improved, and have very poor infrastructure,” said Marrisa Garza, director of Edinburg CDBG. “It’s focusing our effort to improve these areas that are within the City of Edinburg.”
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan approved last week, plans for 55 Texas cities and counties to use funds totaling $24,466,613 to help stabilize and revive local neighborhoods, rehabilitate affordable
housing, and improve key public facilities.
Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program will support state and local community development while stimulating employment.
The Recovery Act includes $1 billion in CDBG funding to assist State and local governments to promote a wide range of community development projects, said Donovan in a statement.
“The President’s Recovery Act allows us to invest in local solutions to the many challenges our cities and counties are confronting,” said Donovan. “Funds are expected to stabilize property values, prevent neighborhood blight, and create and preserve jobs.”
HUD’s CDBG Program has provided approximately $124 billion to state and local governments since 1974. Under the Recovery Act, recipients shall give priority to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days.