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Meadville project awarded $803,745 / September 13, 2018
Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday announced the award of more than $10.9 million in federal Community Development Block Grants, including $803,745 for the Meadville Road Housing Rehabilitation project in Halifax County.

Across Virginia, 14 localities will receive CDBG funding for water and sewer, downtown revitalization and housing rehabilitation projects.

In March, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to seek a community block grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, which distributes the federal funding. Halifax County, along with the Southside Planning District Commission, made the application in May with a pledge to waive all building and permit fees as the county’s match for the Meadville project.

Northam announced awards for the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Halifax, Lee, Northumberland and Washington, the city of Salem and the towns of Blackstone, Chase City, Lebanon, Luray, Marion, Pocahontas, and Smithfield.

In neighboring Mecklenburg County, the Town of Chase City was granted $1,187,294 for its Endly Street community rehabilitation project.

“Block grants are a key resource to help communities fund economic and community development projects that address their local needs and help build the Virginia economy,” said Northam. “With these grants, we can assist localities to make improvements to create vibrant spaces for all Virginia citizens to live and do business.”

CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. During this year’s competitive cycle for CDBG funding, 21 proposals were submitted, and 12 projects received the initial funding. 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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