Funding for proposed south suburban projects get preliminary OK

2013-05-28T00:00:00Z Funding for proposed south suburban projects get preliminary OKAndrea Holecek Times Correspondent
May 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO | Calumet City, Lansing, Burnham, Riverdale, Thornton Township and Glenwood are among the proposed recipients of 2013 Community Development Block Grant Funds.

The Cook County Community Development Advisory Board on Tuesday approved 29 requests from local communities and townships totaling $4,866.880 in Capital Improvement Projects from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal’s CDBG program.

The Advisory Council also approved $1.8 million in funding for planning and administration of the grants and grants of $882,202 for unemployment assistance and affordable housing through HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grant program.

The proposed projects will be presented to the Cook County Board in June and on its agenda for approval at the board’s July meeting.

Awards for street improvement are slated for: Calumet City ($140,000); Burnham ($75,000); Lansing ($200,000) and Riverdale ($280,000). Glenwood is slated to receive $100,000 for sanitary sewer and water system repairs while Thornton Township’s proposed $100,000 grant would be used for parking lot reconstruction and installation of automated doors at its Senior Center.

Although Cook County hasn’t received its total allocation this program year because of the sequester, the county expects there will be a slight decrease in funding for the Capital Improvement program, and a slight increase in the Emergency Solutions grant, said program Director Maria Choca Urban.

The county received 146 applications for funding totaling $22.7 million, about two and a half times the amount the county is expected to receive, she said.

Of the total capital projects approved for funding, 54 percent are allocated for projects and programs in south Cook County, 44 percent in west Cook County and 2 percent for communities in the north.

Of the 20 Emergency Solutions grants, 39 percent are allocated to programs serving south Cook County, 22 percent to west Cook, 21 percent to north Cook and 18 percent for the entire county region.

The county planning department’s staff has made the proposed funding allocations using past experience. It also has developed alternative proposals if the level of funding is more or less than expected, Choca Urban said.

The final grant allocations should be known by July, she said.

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