Downriver distressed cities receive grants

DOWNRIVER – Melvindale, Allen Park and Lincoln Park are among 11 areas to receive grants via the Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships Grant Program.

State officials said municipalities can participate in the FDCVT Grant Program if they are experiencing one or more conditions indicative of “probable financial stress,” as defined in the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act.

The grants fund specific projects, services or strategies — including infrastructure and public safety enhancements — that move a city, village or township toward financial stability.

“The municipalities receiving funding through this special grant program have faced significant financial challenges in recent years,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “These dollars will help pay for infrastructure and public safety improvements that enhance the public services their residents depend on every day.”

For fiscal year 2017, $5 million was appropriated for the program with a $100,000 carryover from the previous fiscal year. The FDCVT Grant Program has a $2 million cap per municipality and grants are awarded based on applications submitted by the municipality.

The following area communities will receive funding this year, with projects and amounts noted:

• Allen Park is slated to receive $88,860 for public safety enhancement through improved street lighting.

• Lincoln Park was awarded $100,000 for public safety enhancement through infrastructure replacement to the police building and $373,000 for water system enhancement through replacement of a water supply line.

• Melvindale will receive $205,252 for public safety enhancement through improved street lighting.

Other areas receiving grant money included River Rouge, Ecorse, Inkster, Detroit, Highland Park, Royal Oak Township and Benton Harbor.