Wyandotte to seek unspent CDBG, HUD money to demolish old city hall

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – The City Council resolved Nov. 20 to apply for recaptured 2016 Community Development Block Grant money to demolish the old city hall and rehabilitate four homes on the waiting list.

Community Development Block Grant money is allocated to 34 communities through Wayne County, which receives the money through the federal Housing and Urban Development program. When cities do not use allocations, funds are recaptured and allocated to different projects, each for a minimum of $100,000, that can be spent before April 30, 2018, when the funding expires.

City Engineer Mark Kowaleski said in a memo that the demolition of the old city hall, 3131 Biddle, has a $525,000 demolition cost estimate. He also recommended the city apply for $100,000 to rehabilitate four additional houses on the city’s waiting list.

Kowalewski also said in the memo that the projects are consistent with the city’s plan to revitalize and preserve older areas of the city, while redeveloping other areas.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)