The James City County Office of Housing and Community Development has been awarded a $1.4 million Community Development Block Grant for the Forest Heights Neighborhood Improvement Project. The project was selected as one of 24 in Virginia to receive more than $12 million from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development through a competitive application process.
The grant will cover most of the cost to pave now-gravel roads, improve drainage, rehabilitate some homes, preserve open space by creating a small park and walking path and re-subdivide property within the 68-acre area along Forest Heights Road, Neighbors Drive and Richmond Road. There are 49 occupied homes that will be included in the first phase of the project, which supervisors agreed to pursue back in March.
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The federally funded CDBG program is administered by the DHCD, and Virginia receives up to $21 million annually for this grant program. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income individuals, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of blight.
Forest Heights residents have been largely supportive of the project, which will bring long-sought improvements to the neighborhood.
For more information, contact the Housing and Community Development Office at 259-5340.