Wausau to seek $600,000 CDBG grant

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM.

“They are still working out the details, but it is supposed to be added in next year,” Fox said. “You can already use grant funds to take down structures following disasters, but now they are changing the requirements so the funding can be used to help clean up communities.”

Fox said that an example of grant money being used to remove damaged homes was the work done in Caryville several years ago where grant money was used to take down flood-damaged structures.

“One thing about using grants for damaged buildings was the requirement that you could never build on that property again,” Fox said. The rules on the grant funding as applied to non-disaster related blight are still being written, but in the near future, communities may be able to use grant funds to take down abandoned and decrepit buildings.

This $600,000 grant does not impact the $400,000 in Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grants the town of Wausau applied for earlier this year, Fox said.

“They are two different things,” Fox said. “The FRDAP grants come from the Department of Environmental Protection, while the CDBG grants are from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.”

The two FRDAP grants the town has applied for will go toward renovating two city parks.

One $200,000 grant would be used to improve the Dalton Carter Recreation Center, also known as the Possum Palace, where the city would like to resurface the parking lot, renovate the tennis courts, picnic facilities, basketball courts and restrooms, add an exercise trail, upgrade the camping area, and add additional playground equipment among other improvements.



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