Grants for commercial electrical work also being considered

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Chipley Redvelopment Authority board members discussed grant programs for the coming year during Thursday’s workshop at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce building.

“We have been discussing offering special electrical grants to the downtown property owners for electrical repair,” CRA Director Ted Everett said. The grants would be for $6,000 and would be used to bring the wiring in the historic downtown district up to code.

“This is one of the biggest issues we face in downtown according to the fire chief,” Everett said. “The old wiring in these buildings could become a fire hazard.”

The grants would require a 25 percent match from the building owners, which would mean $1,500 from the owner gets $4,500 from the CRA toward electrical repairs.

“How much electrical work would that really pay for?” asked CRA Chairwoman Amy Wiwi. Member Zenna Corbin said that she had paid $16,000 to update her building, but added that she had requested some extra work done as well.

Wiwi asked if the grant could be used for the electrical work needed for adding a new office to an existing building or running cable for internet or phone lines.

“My thought would be first lets get the buildings up to code,” Everett said. “And just strictly electrical.”

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