STATEHOUSE (Oct. 13, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded two local communities grants to make infrastructure improvements, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).
Pendleton received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for façade improvements for five buildings, signs and the installation of speakers and PA systems. Cherry said these projects will enhance existing businesses and attract more people to historic Downtown Pendleton.
Shirley received a $550,000 grant to improve the town’s wastewater collection and treatment plant, providing environmental relief, higher efficiency, better operating conditions and a reduction in ongoing maintenance costs.
“With these grants, both Pendleton and Shirley can focus their resources on other necessary projects within their communities,” Cherry said. “Rural communities provide great opportunities for families and businesses, and by continually investing in our small towns, more Hoosiers and employers are choosing to call them home. I look forward to seeing more investments and improvements around our area.”
Cherry said more than $15 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 31 rural communities through the program. Rural communities applied for these grants across five programs including blight clearance programs, main street revitalization programs, public facilities programs, stormwater improvement programs and wastewater drinking water programs.
An additional round of block grants is available, with proposals due Dec. 1, 2017, and final applications due Feb. 9, of next year. Visit www.in.gov/ocra for more information.
Rep. Cherry represents House District 53,
which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.
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