WOODBURY, NJ – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons announced that the Freeholders will consider a resolution at the next Freeholder meeting to award ten municipalities a combined $560,543 in grant funding under the US Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This funding is in addition to $356,418 allocated to eight projects from FY2012 CDBG funding previously awarded in November 2012.
The towns that will share the funding are Clayton, Glassboro, Swedesboro, Woodbury, Paulsboro, Westville, National Park, Pitman, Greenwich and Mantua.
According to Damminger, “This grant funding is a benefit to our municipalities who probably would not have been able to make infrastructure improvements in their communities during these economic times.
“CDBG funding is a used for projects that will improve public safety for all citizens and provides greater access for those with disabilities. It is an important federal program and the county works with the towns to make sure they are able to utilize their grants to the fullest.”
Simmons, liaison to the Department of Economic Development, said that municipal governments are strapped but still look for ways to find grant dollars to complete important improvements.
“Everyone knows how tight budgets are both at home and in government so when we can allocate funding for our municipalities so they can make improvements without impacting their bottom line it is a win for the residents,” said Simmons.
The CDBG program allocates funds on a competitive basis to the municipalities that participate and meet the national criteria established by HUD to benefit communities with low- and moderate-income areas.
The awards are as follows:
- $44,258 to the Borough of Clayton for flood drainage improvements and road reconstruction at N. New Street and N. Dennis Drive;
- $16, 285 to the Borough of Glassboro to address deteriorating road conditions through the reconstruction of Washington Avenue from S. Academy to Jones Street;
- $45,000 to the Borough of Swedesboro for the removal of architectural barriers for handicapped persons through the installation of ADA compliant curb cuts at Second Street, Franklin Street, and Lakeview Drive;
- $50,000 to the City of Woodbury for flood drainage improvements from Progress to Dickerson Avenues;
- $45,000 to the Borough of Paulsboro for necessary rehabilitation improvements to the senior center;
- $50,000 to the Borough of Westville to address necessary traffic control issues and pedestrian safety through the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Broadway and Olive Street;
- $45,000 to the Borough of National Park for the removal of architectural barriers for handicapped persons through the Phase II installation of ADA compliant curb cuts at St. Johns Walk from Hessian to Wesley;
- $50,000 to the Borough of Pitman for storm drainage improvements to 8th and 9th Avenues;
- $50,000 to the Township of Greenwich for the removal of architectural barriers for handicapped persons through the retrofit of the restrooms and create an accessible parking area at the municipal athletic fields;
- $165,000 to the Township of Mantua for the removal of slum and blight through the demolition of five blighted structures at a browns fields redevelopment area.
The Economic Development Department’s Division of Housing and Community Development administers the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG Program is an Urban County Consortium, which comes into existence through the voluntary participation formalized through a Cooperation Agreement, between the County and its 24 municipalities.