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Lake City Report - Oct 22, 2010
Brownfields & Community Development

From City Manager Wendell Johnson

Brownfields Assessment Grant

The City Staff met this week with an Engineering Consultant to discuss the potential for a Brownfields Community Wide Assessment Grant.

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The grant’s purpose is fund assessment of sites that are believed to be or are actually contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants.

Brownfields Assessment Grants are funded by the Environmental Protection Agency up to $200,000 and Staff suggests that the benefits would be highly complimentary to the City’s on-going Community Redevelopment Area initiative.  There is more news coming soon.

Lake City Community Development Corporation Project

Joint meetings between the City, Community Development Corporation (CDC), and financial institution representatives continued this week.

 The Staff has been working with the CDC for the last six months on a residential CRA Project on City owned property on Escambia Street.   This area is where the former City Gas Department was located and is the site of the Old City Jail and Water Tower.

The vision is for a “mixed use” development consisting of multi-family dwelling units and commercial units. A proposal for CRA consideration may be ready within 60 – 90 days.

The CDC’s mission is to revitalize and strengthen the City’s CRA District by providing assistance to low and moderate income families.

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here.

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 • Week ending October 22, 2010