GIRARD Mayor learns of HUD grant

The city's Parkwood area has 81 percent of the households in the low- and moderate-income levels.
GIRARD -- The federal government has approved a $300,000 grant to fund projects in the city's Parkwood area.
Mayor James J. Melfi said he received word Monday that the grant for distressed areas will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
A local match is not required, "so the city doesn't have to put any money up front," Melfi pointed out.
To qualify as a distressed area, 60 percent of the households must be of low- to moderate-income levels. A survey of Parkwood completed in January shows 81 percent of the households qualify.
The southeast corner of the city known as Parkwood is generally bounded by Interstate 80 to the north, U.S. Route 422 to the west and city limits to the south and east.
Melfi said it's up to CT Consultants Inc. of Austintown to seek bids for the work. "It's a wonderful windfall," the mayor added.
The Girard Multi-Generational Center in Parkwood has worked with the city administration to secure the grant.
"These renovations are going to be a real improvement for the neighborhood and the whole city," said Laura Carey-D'Rummo, center director.
Here's a list: The projects are:
USidewalk improvements on Dearborn Street, from Trumbull Avenue to Craver Street; 300 feet of Gayla Lane; North Davis Street, from Trumbull to Idaho Avenue; and South Davis Street, from Trumbull to Amhurst Street.
UConstruction of a parking lot at Trumbull and Gayla to service Parkwood Youth Committee Building and multigenerational center.
UResurfacing of Gayla.
UReplacing guardrails along Trumbull, from Dearborn to Gayla.
UInstalling sanitary sewer for restrooms at Stambaugh Park.
UReplacing a storm sewer culvert on Mosier Road.

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