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Grandview receives $660,000 for infrastructure improvements

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview received notice this past Friday it will receive a grant worth $660,000.

The Community Development Block Grant from the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development will help fund improvements to avenues C, D and E between West Second and Fourth streets.

"Everybody is very pleased," said Grandview City Administrator Scott Staples.

Staples said the city just missed out on getting the grant last year and was happy to get this grant, which will help the city complete the second and final phase of a neighborhood improvement project that began in 1995.

The new project is projected to cost $1 million and the rest of the money needed will come from the city's water-sewer fund.

The project will include new streets, sidewalks, curb and gutters, storm drainage, street lights and water system improvements to the area.

Staples said construction should begin in the spring of 2009 and finish in late summer of the same year.

"If things go smoothly we might be able to get started by the end of this year," he said.

The purpose of the grant money is to improve neighborhoods that are in need of help. Sixty-two homes are in the area that will be improved. Staples said because of the nature of the grant, a income survey had to be completed to make sure the neighborhoods met the requirements.

"The response we got from the residents was very favorable," Staples said of public reaction to the project. "This will improve their neighborhoods."

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