Making Abbeville a better place to live…..that's been the mission for Abbeville leaders for the past several years. Abbeville mayor, Ryan Blalock says they are focusing on community development by completing a $350,000 city renovation project.
"The city council has been pushing for this grant for the last three years. It's one of the biggest needs that I saw in the community. It is a neighborhood that we have that the roads are extremely bad."
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state picked up 80 percent of the project's costs and Abbeville will pay about 20 percent.
"We applied for this for three years which would show you that it's a huge priority. But we've had several issues with several residents that have complained about property value in the area. Therefore, we looked into doing anything we could to help."
This project is benefitting Abbeville in several ways. It will provide sewer, street and drainage improvements in the eastern part of the city. Funding also will be used to raze dilapidated buildings in that area.
"Girard is an area in our community is one of the oldest subdivisions we have. It's also low to moderate income families that can't afford to make a lot of improvements that can't afford to do a lot of things they'd like to do with their properties."
Blalock says he hopes this will boost the morale of that part of the city and help it to grow.
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