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Application for $750,000 accepted for Lincolnville stormwater project

One of the items to be considered by the City Commission during its meeting on Monday, April 9, is Resolution 2018-15, a seemingly simple act that will give the City Manager the authorization to sign an agreement. But signing that agreement is very significant and will bring major improvements for a neighborhood.

The agreement is to accept a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund a stormwater project along several streets in Lincolnville, including DeHaven and South Streets.

The grant is a competitive one and the city was unsuccessful over a year ago when it first applied. But, never to give up, the city applied again and notice was received in mid-March that the grant had been approved. The Commission’s approval of Resolution 2018-15 on Monday night will allow the City Manager to sign the agreement so the city may accept the funds.

“We were especially pleased to receive word that the city’s grant application was approved,” said John Regan, St. Augustine City Manager. “First and foremost is that now we can launch this long-awaited project and aggressively address a stormwater problem in one of our neighborhoods.”

“Anytime our little city can secure federal funds to meet some of our big challenges, that’s a very good day,” said John Regan, St. Augustine City Manager, adding “Our city is fortunate to have a team of people who are aware of available funding sources and are persistent in their efforts to secure grants to help our city meet the needs of the public whether for public safety equipment, public works projects, or to preserve our historic structures.” 

Available only for projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, CDBG funds are awarded through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This funding source and this project are not alone in what’s ahead for Lincolnville. A variety of projects will include Duero, Cerro, DeHaven, Weeden, Sanford, Moore, Twine and South Streets as well as M.L. King Avenue. The various projects are across a schedule for the next 18 months and will include utility and stormwater projects and resurfacing of several streets.

Funding for all of these projects come from a variety of sources. Along with the CDBG competitive grant funds, support also comes from the St. Johns River Water Management District, the Lincolnville Community Redevelopment Agency, the city’s dedicated Stormwater Fund, and special emergency funding through the CDBG program available because of damage resulting from Hurricane Matthew.

For more information, contact the City Manager’s office at 904.825.1006.