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City approves CDBG funding application

With no input from the public at Monday’s public hearing, Warren City Council members approved applying for $298,504 in CDBG funds for city projects.

Monday was the second required public hearing regarding the Community Development Block Grant funds. Following the hearing, council members gave their unanimous approval to submit the application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

David Hildebrand, the city’s planner and development administrator, said the funds would be used for street and road improvements to South South Street. Intended improvements include pavement, sub-base, curbing, sidewalk, drainage, and sewer improvements.

The city also plans to use the funds to address blight conditions within the designated downtown redevelopment area. Funding will specifically address the redevelopment area’s public/community facility needs.

Hildebrand explained that 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used to benefit low-to-moderate income residents.

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