Pulaski, Wytheville, Appomattox, and Pulaski Co. get community block grants

Projects include water and sewer service, downtown revitalization, and housing rehabilitation

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(WSLS 10) - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday more than $8.2 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for 12 projects in Virginia.

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this grant program.

"In order to build a new Virginia economy, we need to use all available resources to improve the lives of Virginians.  These projects help provide better infrastructure, affordable housing, and revitalize downtown districts to create sustainable and vibrant communities across the Commonwealth," said Gov. McAuliffe in a written statement, released on Tuesday.

CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Members say most projects benefit low and moderate-income citizens, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blight conditions.

Local 2015 CDBG Community Improvement Grant Awards:

Henry County: Smith River Small Towns Business District Revitalization - awarded $700,000

Wytheville: Freedom Lane Housing Production - awarded $505,625

Appomattox: Meadowlark Neighborhood Improvement Project - Multi Year Funding - $1,000,000

Pulaski: Kersey Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization Project - Multi Year Funding - $1,000,000