Tallahassee seeks funds to address flooding at Orange Avenue Housing Complex

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 23, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Tallahassee city commission is seeking funding to help address flooding issues at the Orange Avenue Public Housing Complex.

The commission approved staff to submit an application for $2 million in CDBG funding. The Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, is provided by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The department is offering the funding to cities that were affected by Hurricane Hermine or Hurricane Matthew to address storm improvements.

Part of the Orange Avenue Housing Complex is in a flood zone and can be severely impacted by storms, like Hurricane Hermine.

If the grant is awarded it will help relocate some of the housing and address storm water issues as part of the bigger redevelopment
project set to occur at the public housing complex.

"Being able to address the storm water issue, because part of that area is in a flood plain, this will be huge for us going forward to be able to develop the entire parcel and make those homes available to low income," so City Commissioner Curtis Richardson.

Evaluation criteria for the grant encourages it to be used for affordable housing.

In total, 19 Florida cities and counties are eligible for a portion of the $22,408,030 in funding. Applications are due by May 31.

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