Federal grant brings street improvements and more

HARLINGEN — Federal grant money will be used for street improvements, swimming pool repairs, construction of low-income housing and assistance to local nonprofit organizations.

It’s part of the Harlingen Community Development Department’s new one-year plan aimed at pumping $1.01 million in grant money into the community.

Last week, city commissioners approved the plan required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city department will use $330,728 to improve seven streets southwest of Interstate 69, Director Tammy DeGannes-Jackson said yesterday.

She said the department also will use $89,000 to replace an old pump and filtration system at the Victor Park swimming pool, the city’s only Olympic-sized pool.

Meanwhile, the department will work with the Brownsville Community Development Corporation to use $215,417 to build homes for low-income buyers.

Jeremy Stremler, the Brownsville nonprofit agency’s associate for resource development and strategic planning, said officials plan to use the money to build two homes.

“It’s definitely a start,” Stremler said.

The Brownsville Community Development Corporation will begin to work with the city after replacing the Harlingen Community Development Corporation, which was found in noncompliance last year.

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