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Chase City gets $535,132 for Washington St. rehab / December 18, 2013

Chase City was one of seven Virginia communities to receive federal grant funding for housing rehabilitation in the latest round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards announced Thursday by Governor Bob McDonnell. The town is slated to receive $535,132 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for its Washington Street renewal project.

“This is a brand new project, but much like the Third Street project we are currently working on,” said Chase City Town Manager Ricky Reese.

The work, which Reese expects to begin in spring 2014, includes demolishing or rehabilitating approximately 20 houses and performing storm drainage repairs and upgrades along Washington Street.

This is Chase City’s second CDBG funding award this year. In February, the town received $1 million to build or rehabilitate 21 houses and provide road improvements along West Third Street. The awards are made by the state Department of Housing and Community Development using funds appropriated by Congress.

Reese said the ongoing work at the Third Street project will not delay the start of the Washington Street project. But before work can begin on this new undertaking, Reese said the town has paper work to submit and contracts to approve.

McDonnell hailed the awards for improving communities and raising the quality of life for people in the state: “The Community Development Block Grant program provides funding for localities to address numerous issues,” said McDonnell. “These projects focus on improving the lives of thousands of Virginians and utilizing all available resources to better our communities throughout Virginia.”

Nearby South Boston was among the six other localities to receive CDBG funds. The town was awarded $600,000 in multi-year funding for its Washington Coleman Housing Project. Other award recipients were Matthews County, which received $666,696 for its Matthews Court House Business District Revitalization project; the Town of Wytheville, which received $700,000 for its downtown Wytheville business district revitalization; the City of Emporia, which received $719,596 for its Belfield Business District Revitalization project; Rockbridge County, which received $288,936 for its Greenhouse Village Housing Production project; and the Town of Blackstone, which received $600,000 in multi-year funding for phase II of its Church Street project.

CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.

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