Salt Lake City's mayor has proposed that $4.09 million in federal Community Development Block Grant money be divided among 44 projects.
Naming projects, whittled down from 103 requests totaling almost $10 million, Mayor Palmer DePaulis presented the proposals to the City Council this week. A public hearing will be held on the proposals on Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers. The council is scheduled to take final action on the proposals on May 15.Included on the list are:
-12 housing proposals that total $1.7 million or 41 percent of the block grant budget. These funds include funding that can assist residents with emergency home repairs, a subsidized exterior painting program, a neighborhood attorney program and a program to clean and secure vacant lots.
-Eight street, sidewalk and storm drain projects totaling $893,000 or 22 percent of the block grant budget. The funding allows improvements on sections of 700 North, Denver and Lake streets. It also provides funds to take an inventory of sidewalks, curbs and gutters throughout the city for future planning.
-Seven parks projects totaling $401,00 or 10 percent of the block grant budget. The proposals include irrigation system installation at Fairmont Park, renovation of restrooms and picnic shelter in Jordan Park, improved lighting for Elks Park, additional funding to develop Westpointe Park, support for the Nettie Gregory Center Park and continued funding for the Urban Forestry Management Program.
-One public building project that will allow the Children's Museum to rehabilitate the southern portion of its second floor for workshop space. The proposal would cost $30,000.
-10 public service projects that include funding for Traveler's Aid to continue operating a homeless shelter, funding for the Capitol Boys and Girls Club, a project that will establish a fishery and gardening project for Southeast Asian refugees, rehabilitation of the New Hope Multi-Cultural Center, renovation work at the YWCA, Housing Outreach Rental Program, the Westside Food Pantry and Crossroad Urban Center Emergency Food Pantry.
-One urban amenities project totaling $10,000 to continue funding for neighborhood improvement projects.
-One economic development project totaling $8,000 to help a minority business technical assistance program.
-Four planning projects totaling $94,750 to help rewrite the city's zoning ordinance, hire a consultant to revitalize the smaller commercial areas, update the city's Housing Condition Survey and continue funding staff for the the Salt Lake Association of Community Councils.