Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 9:07 AM
A federal grant is on its way to Cleveland that will allow the rehabilitation of more than 600 housing units around the city... all of them designed to meet new "Green" project standards.
ideastream's® Rick Jackson reports.
The federal Community Block grants will allow for four-point-six million dollars in renovation and construction - scattered throughout ten sites around Cleveland.
Each project will meet nationally recognized criteria for green building and design - which involves using practices that reduce operational costs.
That is a primary goal of these efforts, says Norman Tidmore, who helped secure the project for the city.
TIDMORE: "THE MAYOR HAS MADE A PUSH TO BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND HE'S MAKING THAT THE STANDARD FOR ALL PROJECTS IN TERMS OF MAKING SURE THE PROJECTS ARE AFFORDABLE TO LIVE IN, IN THE LONG TERM."
Tidmore says Cleveland is among the first cities to take advantage of the funds.
The green projects will include acquisition and rehabilitation of 50 abandoned homes, the construction of three subsidized housing projects for the elderly and handicapped, and replacement of 189 public housing rental units at Garden Valley, and in North Collinwood.
Rick Jackson - 90.3.