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Cleveland seeks grant to help revitalize downtown

October 8, 2018

The Cleveland City Council held a special board meeting on Thursday to vote on the submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program Application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the Texas Capital Fund.

The max award for the grant is $250,000.

The board voted and approved to continue the process with the application.

“I think it’s very important that we move forward with revitalizing the downtown area” said City Manager Kelly McDonald. “As we’re experiencing the growth with more residential units and commercial units, our downtown needs to look appealing.”

The project limits are along N. Travis Street from E. Houston Street north to Booth Street.

Improvements include replacing the existing sidewalk, installing new sidewalk, ornamental street lighting, updated signage and new striping.

“A lot of times we have people drive through the downtown area and we want to make sure that it’s cleaned up properly. We want to make it more accessible for the pedestrians. It shows the community that we care what our city looks likes.”

The grant provides funds to small, rural cities with populations less than 50,000, and to counties that have a non-metropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct funding from HUD.

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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