In cleaning up the site, Townsend said, the city has made an effort to use as much outside funding as possible, even if that means delaying its ultimate completion.
“It’s taken us longer to complete, but at a substantial cost savings” to city residents, he said.
Including the city’s payment of $300,000 to buy the land, more than $650,000 — much it coming from land bank funds by the county and other grants — has been spent. The most recent $403,756 that Steve R. Rauch Inc. estimates is needed will make the project’s cost more than $1 million.
About $100,000 is planned to be put into the work this year. The city last week submitted an application from Community Development Block Grant program with the city chipping in $20,000, according to city records.
The CDBG program is operated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but applications are submitted to Montgomery County, Gaines said.
County land bank funds, which the city has previously been awarded, will also be sought to fund the remaining work, he said.