City applying for $300K grant to improve south side

Last updated: May 22. 2014 6:56PM - 504 Views
By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com

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Attendance was sparse at a May 20 neighborhood meeting on London’s south side to discuss future improvements.

Only four local residents were on hand to provide input on ways to spend $300,000 in anticipated federal grant money. Whitaker Wright of CDC of Ohio conducted the 7 p.m. meeting at the First Baptist Church, 250 Toland St.

Wright presented a list of proposed improvements eligible for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant. The federal program is administered in Ohio by the development services agency.

Wright said the city will submit a grant application by June 20. Successful candidates will receive notification in September. All work must be completed by August 2016.

Among improvements favored by the four attendees were curbs and sidewalks for Toland Street and Lincoln Avenue where none currently exist.

New storm sewers and catch basins to relieve frequent flooding on Fairview Avenue and Mound Street were also high on the list of preferred improvements.

Proposed upgrades and additions to Merri-Mac Park received lukewarm reception, as did resurfacing of four neighborhood streets — Lincoln Avenue, and Mound, Toland and Olive streets.

Attendees were unsure if residents of Wood and South streets wanted city water lines replaced in that area.

Another public meeting to gather input regarding proposed grant projects will be scheduled in coming weeks at London’s Vineyard Church. A public hearing is scheduled for June 9.

The City of London will rebuild the Toland Avenue bridge as match for the grant.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.

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