COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Community Development Block Grant Program

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public Hearing

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Roxanne White, Davis, Ron White

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

February 2, 2005

 

ACTION:     X                         INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                              INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:     No

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Local citizen participation is encouraged throughout the process of developing Community Improvement Grant (CIG) proposals funded through the Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  To facilitate participation two public hearings are required. The first hearing is to provide information to the public on funding availability, the County’s housing and community development needs, and performance on past CDBG-funded activities, and to solicit input on potential community improvement needs.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 3.2:  Promote a variety of safe, sanitary and affordable housing types.

 

DISCUSSION:

The County of Albemarle is eligible to apply for up to $2.5 million in CDBG funding for projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevent slums and blight, or address urgent community needs.  Eligible activities include economic development, housing rehabilitation, housing production, community facilities, and community service facilities. Production of affordable housing for homeownership is one of the priority strategies for the County.  CDBG funds could be used for design and construction of site improvements to support the creation of affordable housing.  CDBG funds may be used for construction costs when a neighborhood-based non-profit has primary responsibility for the development of the new housing.  Housing production projects may receive up to $700,000.  Housing rehabilitation projects may receive up to $1,000,000.

 

Albemarle County has been successful in receiving a number of CIGs over the years, the most recent being a grant to construct a community center at Whitewood Village Apartments, now known as Parks Edge Apartments.  The center was completed in September 2004 and is the site for after-school programs conducted by the YMCA and attended by more than 30 children.

 

To date there are no definite proposals for submission prior to the March 23 application deadline.  Two potential applications that need additional work to be competitive are a community improvement project in the Keswick area (Black Cat Road and Hacktown Road) and a housing development project on Rio Road on land owned by AHIP.  A  request may be proposed for a Planning Grant of up to $25,000 to support preliminary design and engineering costs for the Rio Road site.  

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the public receive information on available CDBG funding and eligible uses.  Staff also recommends that the Board set a public hearing for Wednesday, March 16, 2005 to review any proposed applications. 

 

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