Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2005

Grant get’s council nod, $293,000

October 27, 2005

With the Nov. 1 deadline drawing near for Eudora's downtown revitalization grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Eudora City Council voted to commit its support to the project in the form of $293,000.

The money would only be spent should the transportation enhancement grant be awarded.

The $293,000, a 25-percent match for the total cost of the project, is part of a continuing effort to completely reshape the look of downtown.

The downtown revitalization project would be built in 2007 along with two other projected major capital improvement projects. The projects would span from Seventh to Ninth streets.

The city will also be looking to overlay asphalt on Main Street and improving the storm drain at Ninth and Main streets.

In order to maintain the uniform look of the street, B&G Consultants suggested the city look to expand its overlay project to five blocks instead of what's listed as part of the transportation grant. The council took no action on the last two projects but planned to look at budgeting for them in the coming year.

"I think by adopting this resolution we'll get some momentum going forward. It's a good place to get started," councilman Dan Gregg said.

By approving the funds, the city showed a concrete example of commitment to the project.

Work toward the current grant application attempted to shore up past weaknesses by focusing on gaining commitment from the city and downtown businesses.

During the course of the city's most recent grant work, City Administrator Cheryl Beatty formed a committee with both citizens and city leaders.The group has received letters of commitment from downtown businesses and agreement from Kaw Valley Back to offer low interest loans for storefront improvement, should the grant funds be awarded.

The transportation enhancement grant could open the way for more grants to create what city leaders envision as a downtown corridor.

"We'll go ahead and get the application submitted properly," Beatty said.

The results of the application won't be known until May 2006.

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