Grant: $222,532 - Department of Housing and Urban Development - Aug. 14, 2009
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Award Description: The Sidewalk and Alleyway Reconstruction Program would provide over 8,000 linear feet of infrastructure improvements in the CDBG target areas. The Public Works Department crews will survey the needs and determine the scope of work for each site. Based on preliminary surveys within the target areas, the Public Works Department estimates a budget of $200,500. The use of CDBG-R funds are for materials only. The Public Works Department utilizes in-house labor to stretch the limited CDBG dollars and provide maximum improvements in the low to moderate income neighborhoods. The use of CDBG-R funds for sidewalk and alleyway reconstruction is consistent with Baytown?s major five-year housing and community development needs and objectives, as identified in the current Consolidated Plan. This substantial amendment employs the listed priority of providing essential infrastructure improvements. Title XII of Division A and Section 1602 of ARRA stresses that grantees shall give priority to projects that can award contracts within 120 calendar days of funding and uses funds in a manner that maximizes job creation and economic benefit. Further, Section 1602 of ARRA, specifies that when funds are used for infrastructure investments, ?grantees must give preference to activities that can be started and completed expeditiously, including a goal to obligate at least 50 percent of the funds for activities that can be initiated within 120 days?.? In compliance with these requirements, in-house labor will be used to complete the sidewalk and alleyway reconstruction program without delay. As the funds are for materials only, supplies will be purchased when funds are made available. The Public Works crews have already been assembled and will be assigned on a continuous basis to complete the work. The preliminary survey has identified sites that need immediate attention. Public Works will use existing procedures for design, management, and implementation as they have completed this activity with CDBG funds under previous Action Plans. Under this scenario, at least 50 percent of the funds will be obligated within 120 days. The Housing Market Study would be a detailed analysis of the current housing stock and would identify needs for future housing. The study would also show how Baytown?s available housing compares to other cities in the Houston metropolitan region. This type of analysis has never been conducted in Baytown. The Consolidated Plan includes a cursory review of housing based on out-dated census information. A more in-depth study of housing issues would provide a clear assessment of housing needs (single-family and multi-family), foreclosure trends, gaps in available housing market, and help identify opportunities for future housing development. Data gathered in such a study would also provide guidance to draft policies for housing and neighborhood redevelopment. As more federal funding is becoming available for neighborhood revitalization efforts, the Housing Market Study would help Baytown take advantage of these opportunities. The estimated budget will not exceed $22,032. The required procurement process for consultant services would be used to secure this product as per 24 CFR 85.36. The use of CDBG-R funds for the Housing Market Study is consistent with Baytown?s major five-year housing and community development needs and objectives, as identified in the current Consolidated Plan. This market study employs four out of seven priorities below: 1.Conserving and improving the housing stock; 2.Expanding housing development and housing opportunities; 3.Providing economic development and anti-poverty assistance; and 4.Promoting equity and accessibility in Baytown through the planning and administration of Community Development programs.
Project Description: As of today, no activities has taken place.
Jobs Summary: N/A (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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