Public input sought for improvement ideas for London’s south side

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The county hopes to secure a grant to make infrastructure improvements on the south side of London. The targeted area includes several residential streets and Merri-Mac Park.
The county hopes to secure a grant to make infrastructure improvements on the south side of London. The targeted area is bordered by the railroad tracks, Western and Richardson avenues to the northwest, South Main Street to the northeast, Merri-Mac Park to the south, and Midway Street to the west.

(Posted April 10, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Residents of London’s south side are invited to share ideas for improvement projects in the area.

The Madison County commissioners plan to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to fund public infrastructure work there. To find out what residents want, they are holding public input meetings at 7 p.m. April 15 and April 29 at First Baptist Church, 250 Toland St.

The type of projects eligible for funding include improvements for flood and drainage facilities, water and sewer, parks and recreation, streets, street lighting, parking, traffic signals, handicap accessibility, curbs and sidewalks, fire protection and historic preservation.

Projects that are not eligible include public services, housing, large-scale water and sewer projects that extend beyond the targeted area, and government operations.

The county must submit its grant application by June 20. If awarded, the grant will amount to $300,000.

The grant is funded by federal dollars and administered by the state through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Other neighborhoods throughout the state are competing for funding, which means the grant is not guaranteed. The county should know if it received funding sometime in September.

Whitaker Wright of CDC of Ohio will lead the public input meetings on April 15 and April 29. CDC, a community development planning firm, aids the county in administering grants.

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