The City of Independence has received notification from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it will receive $202,906 in federal Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) Program funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This additional entitlement allocation is to be treated as a substantial amendment to the City’s current 2008-2009 Consolidated Plan Program Year and utilized for programs or projects which both meet the goals and objectives of the City’s Consolidated Plan and the legislative intent of President Obama’s Economic Stimulus Package.
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In keeping with the intended utilization of ARRA funds, the proposed substantial amendment would allocate a total of $202,906 in CDBG-R funding to stimulus activities that will benefit the low and moderate income community through job creation and economic development.
Andrew Drumm Institute Swinney Hall Restoration - $ 52,564
IBS Industries, Maywood Redevelopment Project - $130,052
10% Administrative Allowance: $ 20,290
The Drumm Farm project calls for stabilization and rehabilitation of the historic Swinney Hall. CDBG Funds will be used to pay for installation of new windows, guttering and downspouts. The larger project includes installation of a new roof, extensive masonry repair and reconstruction of the building's original porches. The project will provide hands on training for the Brownfield Workforce Development Program who will be performing required hazardous materials remediation and installation of window units. 67 construction jobs will be created including 25 Job Training Candidates receiving hands-on vocational training. The requested funding is 16% of the total project cost, and the remainder has either been received in the form of donations or will be raised through the sale of remaining Missouri Youth Opportunity Program tax credits. The Drumm Board of Trustees has committed to begin construction within 30-45 days of receiving the requested CDBG grant award.
The IBS Industries project calls for redevelopment of the former Knights of Pythias building in Maywood. The project includes acquisition and complete rehabilitation and renovation of existing structures into mixed use retail, office and housing. In addition to the construction jobs created as a result of planned renovations, 19 permanent positions are anticipated to be created by IBS in conjunction with a new retail space they have planned to serve the Maywood area. Permanent jobs created by IBS will include 15 positions for low-moderate income disabled citizens and 4 non disabled workers. It is anticipated that additional jobs will be created through occupancy of adjacent retail space that will be made available as a result of the larger redevelopment project. The total project is expected to be greater than $1 million with 13% coming from CDBG-R. The remainder will be funded through loans and contracts with Jackson County. Initial construction will begin in the fall with completion anticipated for Spring 2010.
Up to 10% of the allocation ($20,290) can be utilized for program administration such as financial and program monitoring and reporting.