CDBG sidewalk/ramp project on Bott Avenue planned
Several sidewalks, curbs, gutters and pedestrian ramps have been fixed up (or in some cases newly built) in the older Westside and Mesa Springs areas this year,
courtesy of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
Don Sides, who coordinates such repair work through the City of Colorado Springs, said he also has another Westside project coming - for sidewalks and ramps in the 2400 and 2500 blocks of Bott Avenue.
CDBG is a federal program. Its annual funding to the city is disbursed each spring to “neighborhood strategy areas” (NSAs) that qualify based on overall income levels. Two of the city NSAs are titled Westside and Mesa Springs.
In Mesa Springs, located west of I-25 between Fillmore and Uintah streets, CDBG funds have been used over the past two years to address a list of nine project areas - including recent sidewalk upgrades along Chestnut Street south of Fillmore - that had been prioritized with the help of the Mesa Springs Community Association.
According to Sides, about $100,000 still remains in that account. However, Mesa Springs has been slated to eventually transition out of CDBG eligibility, so meetings with the neighborhood will be scheduled over the next couple of months to discuss how best to handle that change, he said.
The Westside NSA had $231,000 at the start of the year ($81,000 in carryover from 2007). The improvements so far - chiefly off Pikes Avenue around 14th, 15th, 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st streets - have used up the carryover. Sides said he does not yet know how much of the remaining $150,000 will be needed for the Bott project because it is still in the design stages.
Westside Pioneer article