The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners approved funding recommendations yesterday from the Ohio Community Development Advisory Committee to support Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications.
Montgomery County jurisdictions submitted 23 applications for funds. The Advisory Committee, which is comprised of jurisdiction leaders, approved 17 of the 23 projects for a total of $924,887 in grants.
“Montgomery County citizens will directly benefit from the quality-of-life improvements provided by the CDBG program,” Commission President Debbie Lieberman said. “Our investments are yielding great dividends by enhancing our community and we’re excited for what’s to come.”
The CDBG program’s main objective is to develop viable urban communities by providing housing and a suitable living environment, while expanding economic opportunities - principally for people of low and moderate income.
“I am extremely proud of these investments and the community impact that will result from each one,” said Commissioner Judy Dodge. “The projects ranged from removing blighted structures, to improving access for people with disabilities, and enhancing the beauty of our neighborhoods. They all advance our goal of making Montgomery County an even better place to live, work and play.”
“We really appreciate the work of the Advisory Committee in coming together to choose these projects that advance our community as a whole,” Commissioner Carolyn Rice said. “Each jurisdiction will have a contract for each project, most of which will be completed by the end of 2024. Collectively, they will make our community safer as well as more inclusive and beautiful.”
Here are summaries of the 17 projects selected for grant funding:
City of Moraine – ADA Curb Ramp Installation - $75,000
ADA compliant curb ramp installation along Kettering Blvd and S Dixie Dr within the City of Moraine to improve accessibility for residents and the traveling public. This project includes the construction of compliant curb ramps, curb replacement necessary for curb ramp installation, and isolated sidewalk replacement related to curb ramp replacement.
City of Brookville – Golden Gate Park Inclusive Playground- $75,000
The city wants to construct an inclusive playground. Opportunities for active, independent play are important for children's development, health, emotional well-being, and social opportunities. The inclusive playground design allows those children with disabilities to enjoy play equipment designed for them, but also play alongside other children so they feel included.
City of Trotwood – MacMillian Water Main Replacement- $75,000
The project will replace the failing water main and provide clean and safe drinking water to the local residents who live on MacMillan Drive. Loss of value and water resources due to water main breaks and leaky service connections will be reduced by replacing the failing assets.
City of Carlisle – Lower Carlisle Water Main Extension- $75,000
The project is to extend a 16" water main approximately 600' from the termination of the existing water system on Lower Carlisle Road to the existing City of Franklin water system (24" transmission main). Blight on the existing water system will significantly decrease due to addressing major flaws within the system.
Jefferson Township – Richardson Park Rehabilitation & Revitalization- $75,000
The proposed project will include park rehabilitation and revitalization to benefit the low-to- moderate income community it serves, including construction of an asphalt walking trail (ADA accessible), splash pad, new lighting (for safety), and improvements to the existing parking lot.
City of Verona – Main Street Reconstruction Phase IV- $70,000
This is the final phase for reconstruction of Main Street. The extreme gap that now exists between the curb and street surface has become hazardous for those parking and driving. The proposed project will eliminate pooling water along the curbs as well as properly fix the surface drainage and driving surface.
City of Huber Heights – Handicap Ramp / Crosswalk Improvements- $60,000
This project involves the removal of 35 existing (non-conforming) handicap ramps on 4 thoroughfares in various parts of the city and replacing them with updated ADA compliant handicap ramps to enhance the safety and well-being of the citizens of Huber Heights.
City of West Carrollton – I-75 / Alex-Bell Road Underpass Improvement Project, Phase 2- $60,000 The City of West Carrollton respectfully requests the 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the second phase of improvements to the Interstate 75 underpass at Alex-Bell Road. This underpass is used daily by students, teachers and guests at the adjacent West Carrollton High School property which will soon be redeveloped as a 7-12 grade campus.
City of New Lebanon – Moving New Lebanon Forward 2023 - $50,000
Demolition of the abandoned and vacant properties will see the removal of rodent infestation, dangerous properties gone, and criminal activity lowered throughout the community.
Harrison Township – Neighborhood Stabilization Program Implementation- $50,000
Harrison Township requests $50,000 in funding for a contracted professional service to provide a comprehensive assessment of current and future Township and Land Bank owned properties for classification into new land dispensation categories.
City of Miamisburg – Owner-Occupied Home Rehabilitation Program, Phase VI- $50,000
This application is to initiate Phase VI of the Owner-Occupied Home Rehabilitation Program. If awarded, the funding will specifically target LMI households (defined as 80% AMI or below) throughout the City for repair or replacement of essential home systems.
City of Englewood – Englewood Spot Blight Removal - $50,000
Target blighted homes within the city of Englewood for demolition or acquisition followed by demolition. The main focus is the Englewood Dam Plat, also referred to as Morgan Place, located at the northeast quadrant of Main Street and Wenger Road, with other areas being considered if applicable.
City of Trotwood – E Main Street Business Façade Improvement Project- $50,000
This application is to design and implement a facade improvement program for businesses along the E. Main Street business corridor. These funds will also assist in funding the development of design standards and will be leveraged with $25,000 TCIC funds and additional private funds.
City of Vandalia – Robinette Park Accessible and Inclusive Playground Project- $50,000
The City of Vandalia is seeking funding to assist with the replacement of two aging playground units and safety surface with modern ADA accessible equipment designed for ages 2-12 and will be inclusive for children with limited mobility and sensory needs.
City of Centerville – Stubbs Park Swing Set Project- $40,000
The proposed new swing set will include six standard-style swings, one adaptable swing with a belt, and one “Expression Swing”. The proposed rubber matting will replace existing rubber shavings.
City of Riverside – Rohrer Park Playground Improvements - $10,213
The Rohrer Park Improvements involve the addition of a playground structure in the park. This new, contemporary toddler play structure is aimed at ages 2-5 for engaging, low-cost recreational opportunities for LMI residents of the City of Riverside and the surrounding community.
City of Riverside – Community Park Playground Improvements- $9,674
The Community Park Improvements involves the addition of a playground structure in the park. This new, contemporary toddler play structure is aimed at ages 2-5 for engaging, low-cost recreational opportunities for LMI residents of the City of Riverside and the surrounding community.