CHIPLEY – The Chipley Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is set to advertise for bids in October on the long anticipated alleyway project, CRA officials decided when the board met September 26.

Officials first began discussing the Alleyway Project, which would improve the alleyway connecting South Railroad Avenue and the city’s parking lot on the northwest corner of State Roads 77 and 90, about five years ago.

Chief among alleyway concerns is poor drainage that has storm water pouring into at least eight business properties along the alleyway - a problem exacerbated by the buildings having an elevation lower than the alleyway.

Bids will be opened and awarded in November.

CRA's budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 has been adopted by both the CRA and City of Chipley. The agency will run on a $436,591.27 budget.

A light pole banner marking the historic downtown district is set to be purchased by the CRA and the City of Chipley, with CRA paying $1,215 and Chipley paying $1,474 for the custom vinyl banner.

In other business, the board tabled the decision on a façade grant application submitted by Downhome Dental Center, located on Second Street.  Citing a desire to ensure all aspects of the paperwork are completed before moving ahead with the project, officials added the proposal to the agenda for a special session scheduled for October 9.

Chipley Redevelopment Agency board will meet again in special session at 4 p.m., Monday, October 9.