BANGOR, Maine — Since 1975, the city has received more than $40 million through the federal Community Development Block Grant program to make improvements to businesses, residences, parks and more.
There is probably not a street in Bangor that hasn’t seen some benefit from the CDBG program, said Kaleena Harrington, assistant economic development director.
Once again this year, Bangor will get funding — approximately $1 million — that can be used in one of three ways: for activities that benefit low- or moderate-income residents; activities that aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or activities that meet urgent community development needs, typically created by disaster relief.
More than half the total is set aside for property rehabilitation. Some past projects that have benefited from CDBG property rehabilitation funds include the Bangor Waterworks site, the Freese’s assisted living facility and the Park Woods transitional housing development.
Other areas where funds likely will be used include: waterfront development, improving handicapped access, upgrading neighborhood streets and sidewalks, and providing assistance to small businesses looking to grow.
The city is required to submit a detailed plan on how it will used the funds to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by May 15, 2010, Harrington said.
Residents are invited to provide comments before then. Interested parties can submit recommendations to the Economic Development Office at City Hall or by calling Harrington at 992-4241. A public hearing will be held in early May before the plan’s submission.