SCHENECTADY -- The public comment period on projects receiving federal Community Development Block Grant funding has been extended and the amount available has been increased, according to city officials.
Kristin Diotte, the city’s director of development, said federal Housing and Urban Development, the agency that distributes the grant funding to municipalities, recently finalized the amount of funding available through the program.
Instead of approximately $2 million, there will now be approximately $2.3 million in available funding for community development.
Because of the new allocations, Diotte said the city is now extending the public comment period on its proposed action plan, which outlines projects that will receive funding, for another 30 days.
The previous public comment period ended in April, Diotte said. Now, residents have until July 6.
“Now that we have it finalized, we have to figure out what the best use is for it,” Diotte said of the funding. “The hope is to finish the action plan and submit it early in July.”
The city released a proposed list of allocations for projects in March.
They include a proposed $2,000 for the new Vale Urban Farm, a garden project aimed at providing fresh produce for residents and teaching them how to cook it. The Section 3 job training program for the construction industry, proposed by Ron Gardner, the city’s affirmative action officer, was offered $77,260. The effort to rehabilitate the Carver Community Center on Craig Street in Hamilton Hill was proposed to receive $150,000.
A public hearing on the proposed funding was held on April 9.
People can view the proposed funding allocations online at cityofschenectady.com/195/development.
Comments can be sent to to the city’s Department of Development at City Hall, Room 14, Schenectady, N.Y. 12305.