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Residents of the City of Neligh are encouraged to attend the kickoff meeting for the planning phase of downtown revitalization in Neligh.
The meeting will be Wednesday, March 16, at 5 p.m. on the second floor conference room of the ESU #8 building, located at 302 M. Street. Enter through the Main Street entrance directly off the sidewalk and head up the stairs.
The community will discuss existing issues and begin brainstorming revitalization goals for the downtown district.
In October, the City of Neligh was named one of eight communities awarded Phase I funding by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).
The DED will eventually award $1,965,290 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. These projects are designed to improve infrastructure and businesses within central business districts.
State representatives toured Neligh on July 9 as part of the grant process.
Neligh was granted $27,840 to develop a downtown revitalization plan with short- and long-term goals for resolving existing blighted and substandard conditions. A declining population, absentee ownership, cost-prohibitive repairs to maintain buildings, and blight continues to challenge Neligh’s downtown district. The city’s matching contribution is $13,860.
The CDBG Downtown Revitalization Category is open to CDBG non-entitlement incorporated municipalities throughout Nebraska. Grants are administered by DED from the State’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Communities must first successfully complete the Phase I planning phase to qualify for the opportunity to submit a Phase II (implementation) application. Phase II awards up to $350,000 per project are available to implement those activities proposed within approved plans.