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2nd Public Hearing — CHIP Grant

 

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GUERNSEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE OF SECOND PUBLIC HEARING
FOR APPLICATION OF
2015 COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPACT AND PRESERVATION (CHIP) GRANT FUNDS

 

The City of Cambridge intends to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) for funding of Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Grant program,  activities are funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program (federal funds),  HOME Investment Partnership Program (federal funds), and Ohio Housing Trust Fund (State funds). The CHIP applications are due to the State by May 1, 2015. 

 

 

On February 17, 2015, the City of Cambridge and Guernsey County conducted the first public hearing and held a Housing Advisory Committee meeting to inform citizens and HAC Members about the CHIP program, how it may be used, what activities are eligible, and other program requirements. 

 

Based on both citizen input and the recommendation of the Housing Advisory Committee, the City of Cambridge will be acting as the lead agency and the county will be partnering and propose to undertake the following CHIP activities in the City and County for PY 2015:

 

1. Private Owner Rehabilitation  - $360,000 ($256,000 HOME Funds and $104,000 Local Program Income Funds;) to rehabilitate nine (9) units

2. Rental Rehabilitation $100,000 CDBG Funds and $100,000 Match from Rental Property Owners; to rehabilitate five (5) units

3. Owner Home Repair $190,000 Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) - 18 home repairs

4. Rental Home Repair $50,000 CDBG Funds; $50,000 Match from Rental Property Owners - 5 home repairs

5. New Construction - Habitat $22,000 - HOME Funds - 1 Habitat for Humanity unit

6. Administration/Fair Housing - $78,000

 

The City is applying for $696,000 to fund these activities and will also be administering the grant on behalf of the City and County. Matching funds up to $104,000 will be used from the Guernsey County HOME Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for Private Owner Rehabilitation. The targeted areas that will be given priority are Census Tract 9776 (Block Groups 2 and 3) and Census Tract 9778 (Block Group 1).  However, client applications will be accepted both city and county wide for the above activities if the grant is funded. The national objective is to benefit low-or moderate-income household.

 

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the City of Cambridge, Economic and Community Development Office #15 (ground floor), 1131 Steubenville Avenue, Cambridge, OH, to give residents of the City and County the opportunity to give input on the above activities.Residents are encouraged to attend this hearing.  The city administration building is handicapped accessible.  For further information, contact the City of Cambridge, Economic and Community Development Office at 740-439-5491.

Oakland Boulevard Project

The City of Cambridge is excited to announce the reconstruction of Oakland Boulevard. This improvement project will provide residents and visitors better access as they make their way along this route. While we anticipate this project to be constructed in 2016, our design includes an upgrade to sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers, as well as the installation of all new roadway. These improvements will begin at Highland Avenue heading north to Clark Street. Our design for this area will widen the street by—a spacious—2 feet along each side.

Traveling this roadway, you will notice the large existing right-of-way allowing us to house utilities such as gas, water, sewer lines, and not to mention, fully grown trees. This neighborhood has been in existence for several decades and many trees within the tree lawn have begun to decline. Here in Cambridge, Ohio, we are a Tree City and with the assistance of ODOT and our City's very own Tree Commission, we plan to keep as many of the healthier trees that are not in direct conflict with the upgrade. This revitalization or "rebirth" encompasses strategic placement of new trees along the tree lawn creating an attractive, yet functional, access route for residents and visitors—a presentation in which our City is known for.

Southgate Parkway Arch Project

The City of Cambridge, Ohio, continues making improvements and renovations over time in order to add appeal and functionality to our beautiful town—projects both big and small. We are now in preparation of erecting an arch structure located across from the Old Municipal Court building on Southgate Parkway. This project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will be the installation of the posts or columns needed to support the arch. This first step will require only local work zone traffic control. Phase 2 will be to position the arch itself atop these newly installed columns. Phase 2 will require temporary closure of several hours for this section of Southgate Parkway.

Arch 1     Arch 2

In 2015, we hope to have Phase 1 completed by the end of February and Phase 2 beginning in March. This archway will serve as a "welcome" to our City and help frame the picturesque downtown area as well as the Courthouse and the Historic District. Looking ahead, we hope to follow this model by obtaining funds in order to place another arch structure at the east end of town.