Want to shape the future of West Monroe? Attend one of these sessions
Source: Monroe News-Star
The public is invited to attend one of two public updates this week to learn more about the City of West Monroe’s Citywide Master Plan. West Monroe is asking for the public’s help in kicking off a Citywide Master Plan process by sharing their vision for the future of West Monroe. The Master Plan process is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. . (MORE)
Main Street America provides community survey results and transformation strategy plan for Downtown Monroe
Main Street America gave a summary of the transformation strategies report that was done a few weeks ago for Downtown Monroe. The survey covered three areas- the community’s interest in downtown, what the community would like to see in the area, and what they perceive downtown to be today. (MORE)
West Monroe Announces 5 Priority Projects for Downtown
Source: Monroe News-Star
The board of aldermen adopted a resolution to acknowledge completion of the work and the receipt of Downtown Streetscape Master Plan last week. (MORE)
EPA Announces Monroe, Louisiana, Will Receive $479K Brownfields Grant to Address Contaminated Properties Nationwide, 149 communities receive $64.6 million in funding for multipurpose, assessment and cleanup grants
Jennah Durant (R6Press@epa.gov)
DALLAS – (June 7, 2019) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the city of Monroe, Louisiana, and coalition partners of West Monroe, Louisiana, and Ouachita Parish Police Jury are among 149 communities across America that have been selected to receive 151 grant awards totaling $64,623,553 million in EPA Brownfields funding through our Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant Programs. These funds will aid under-served and economically disadvantaged communities in opportunity zones and other parts of the country in assessing and cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties. Forty percent of the communities selected for funding will receive assistance for the first time.
“These grants fulfill several of President Trump’s top priorities simultaneously: helping communities in need transform contaminated sites into community assets that not only create jobs and jumpstart economic development but also improve public health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “We are targeting these funds to areas that need them the most. Approximately 40 percent of the selected recipients are receiving Brownfield grants for the first time, which means we are reaching areas that may previously been neglected, and 108 of the selected communities have identified sites or targeted areas for redevelopment that fall within Opportunity Zones.”
“Monroe’s former industrial sites can become opportunity zones with EPA Brownfields funding ,” said Acting Regional Administrator David W. Gray. “This grant will help bring these sites back into use to benefit the city’s economy and the environment. ”
The coalition partners will receive a $479,000 assessment grant that will focus on several areas with many former industrial sites. The coalition plans for these underserved areas to be revitalized and used for new and expanded retail, recreation and event space.
“I applaud the work of Planning & Urban Development Director Ellen Hill and her staff for leading this effort. We recognize brownfields redevelopment as a key component for the economic growth of our cities and parish. We are thankful for the contributions of PPM and our partners in the City of West Monroe and with the Ouachita Parish Police Jury,” said Monroe Mayor James E. Mayo. “The Coalition Brownfields Assessment Grant gives us another opportunity to work together to identify sites along the Ouachita River and other key economic corridors that are prime for redevelopment within the twin cities and throughout our parish.”
Though this project has been funded, wholly or in part, by EPA, the contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA.