Saturday, January 22, 2000

Oxford OKs proposal for HUD funds

Projects include ramps, parking lot

Enquirer Contributor

        OXFORD — A package of community improvements, including work to parks, sidewalks and parking areas, was approved by city council this week.

        Proposals for spending $130,000 in community development block grant money from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) include a variety of capital projects:

        • Sidewalk and handicap ramp improvements, $18,000;

        • Pedestrian safety improvements, $9,000;

        • Amenities for the uptown parks, currently under construction, $19,000;

        • Parking lot improvements for Oxford Talawanda Community Services agency, $29,000.

        Three recreation projects represent another $35,500 of the proposal. Money would be spent to build sidewalks along the future Western Knolls Park, to provide signs, gates and landscaping for the north entrance of the city's new community park, and to renovate the tot lot, a preschool playground at Oxford's TRI Recreation Center.

        The balance of the grant money, $19,500, would be used for administrative costs.

        Butler County Commissioners are expected to approve the proposal at their Feb. 10 meeting, said Donna Everson, community development administrator for Butler County. From there, she said, the proposal will go to HUD. Projects could start as early as May 1.


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