Affordable housing agreement approved

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

Since the two projects involved replacement of infrastructure, the water line replacement was put on hold pending approval of the sidewalk project.

The PSJRA received grant funding for the sidewalk work, which is aimed at improving the aesthetics and access to the business district in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe.

The water line replacement along Avenues B, C and D, between MLK and Battle Street, were cut out from the initial phase of water line replacement to allow the city to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $650,000 to complete the project.

The CDBG provides funding that allows the city to avoid taking on additional debt while it replaces some 20 miles of aging pipe.

With the okay from USDA on the sidewalk project, Bruce Ballister with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, indicated that the water line replacement would begin in the fall, the bid being likely awarded in October.

That would allow time for the city to submit an application for the next CDBG cycle  - Ballister indicated a rule change was pushing back the window for application to January – to secure a grant for the second phase of water line replacement in North Port St. Joe.

“We could be finished with the North Port St. Joe project by next year,” Ballister said. “We should see improved water quality as pipes are replaced.”

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