Mayor Glenn J. Mecham has announced that the city of Ogden will be the recipient of a $1,556,000 community development block grant.

The funds will be used to anchor downtown businesses and to continue promoting the city's older, central neighborhoods as a desirable environment in which to raise a family, Mecham said.Ogden officials are also planning to use CDBG funds for acquisition of the property on which the Convention and Performing Arts Center will be built. Other projects to be financed with CDBG funds include the "Own in Ogden," "Homesteading," "Emergency Home Repair," and "Micro-Enterprise Loan" programs, as well as individual housing rehabilitation projects in Ogden's Rainbow Neighborhoods.

Officials also plan to use a portion of the grant to provide handicap access at various city facilities and for construction projects such as Ogden's Sidewalk Replacement Program.