The CDBG-R Program
Under the ARRA (the stimulus act), Glendale will receive $597,820 in additional “CDBG-R” funds this spring/summer. The funds must be obligated for physical improvement projects within 120 days of entering into a formal contract with HUD. The following recommendations were approved by the Mayor and City Council at the May 12, 2009, evening meeting and are currently under final review by the Federal Government:
- Visual Improvement Program: $140,000 to continue this very popular and successful redevelopment tool in the eligible City Centerline area. The program is designed to assist in the improvement of commercial or industrial properties by offering rebates of up to 50% of any qualified improvement costs, with most projects receiving funding in the range of $15,000-$30,000. All commercial or industrial properties in the city's Redevelopment Area are eligible. It is estimated this project will generate 5-15 jobs per project.
- Floralcroft Neighborhood ROW Improvements: $240,000 for ROW improvements to the boulevard areas in the neighborhood, which is located from State-Myrtle, 59th - Grand. This includes the addition of historic streetlights with the necessary electrical improvements, new landscaping (trees) and required irrigation to the trees. Also included in this cost is any necessary demolition, water main extensions for the irrigation, grading and drainage, and improvements to the existing curb and gutter, ADA ramps, and any repairs/modifications needed to existing driveway aprons. It is estimated this project will generate 15-20 jobs.
- Valley of the Sun School and Habilitation Center: $50,000 for upgrades (bathrooms, ADA upgrading, etc.) of existing scattered site group homes. Funding for this project (which does not require design work) was requested in the FY 2009-10 CDBG application process, however funds were not available. It is estimated this project will generate 20-25 jobs.
- Lamar Public Housing Complex Appliances: $135,000 for the updates to the interiors of rental units at the Lamar Public Housing Complex. All who reside in the housing complex will benefit from these improvements. It is estimated this project will generate 20 temporary jobs.