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The City of Roswell on Sept. 19 was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of nearly $750,000 for repairs and renovations to the Roswell Boys and Girls Club building. The city-owned building at 202 S. Garden Ave. is leased to the Boys and Girls Club, which provides activities and education for local youth.
Roswell’s grant application, submitted by the city’s Engineering Department, was selected, along with others from throughout the state, by the Community Development Council of the Local Government Division of the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. The City of Roswell was awarded $749,894 for the Boys and Girls Club building project. The project will complete roof and flooring repairs and many needed electrical and plumbing updates. In addition, the latest requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be met.
The CDBG awards allocation meeting at which the awards were announced was held in Albuquerque. Representing the City of Roswell were Community Development Director Bill Morris and City Councilor Steve Henderson. Doris Reding represented the Boys and Girls Club. Also present was Dora Batista, executive director of the Southeastern Economic Development District.
The federal Community Development Block Grant program was established in 1974 to assist communities in providing essential community facilities and decent housing for residents, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment. The grant money is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of New Mexico’s Community Development Council reviews the applications each year and allocates the money.
State and national objectives of the CDBG program require the awarded financial assistance be made available for activities that address at least one of the following:
1) An activity identified as principally benefiting people of low and moderate income
2) Aid in the prevention and elimination of slums and blight
3) Meet other community development needs of recent origin having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs
Applications are limited to a maximum of $500,000 without certified cost estimates and $750,000 with certified cost estimates, except for planning applications which have a limit of $50,000.
PHOTO: Rick Lopez, the Local Government Division director for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration presents the symbolic check representing the Community Development Block Grant award to the City of Roswell, which was represented at the Albuquerque awards allocation meeting by City Councilor Steve Henderson, second from left, and Community Development Director Bill Morris, third from left.