The Grantville City Council has approved a Comprehensive Plan/Community Work Program that they say would help improve infrastructure and provide affordable housing in the south Coweta city.
The council passed the program last month during a regular meeting. According to city documents, the city will apply for grants to support Dependable Affordable Sustainable Housing. The estimated cost is $500,000-$1 million. Private funding may also be used.
If the city gets the grant, the plan is to improve the infrastructure of Meriwether Street and Shepard Street and surrounding areas through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The program was first enacted by Congress as Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
Grantville City Manager Al Grieshaber said the primary objective of CDBG is "the development of viable communities through improvement of living conditions, housing and the expansion of economic opportunities in cities and counties, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income."
Grieshaber said the grant would address several issues on the streets.
“The CDBG program grant that Grantville is applying for is to improve the quality of life of the residents on Meriwether and Shepard Streets by providing improved water distribution both for domestic use and fire protection, sewer, stormwater runoff and road improvements,” he said in a previous Newnan Times-Herald interview.
Grieshaber said, “CDBG grants are laborious tasks that occupy numerous hours of time.
“We are still working on the preliminaries precedent to preparation of our CDBG application which, providing we can meet all the prerequisites, will be submitted in April of 2019,” Grieshaber continued.
Grieshaber said a 2019 timeline has not been published, but the city is tracking last year’s timeline.
“CDBG awards are normally made in the fall of the year so for the 2019 grant cycle that would be in October 2019,” Grieshaber said.