Tri-Village News

City wins grants worth $5 million for projects

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The city of Grandview Heights must have been nice and not naughty this year.

After passing its levy by a wide margin, the successful sale of bonds to pay for park improvements and a $100,000 gift from the W.W. Williams Co., the city learned Dec. 14 that both of its grant applications to the Ohio Public Works Commission were successful.

The commission's Public Works Integrating Committee awarded more than $31 million in grants and loans to 14 Franklin County projects through the State Capital Improvements and Local Transportation Improvements programs.

It's "incredible" to have both of the city's applications succeed, but perhaps not that surprising, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

"The ranking of projects is done on a point system and we had two very strong projects that will really help the community," he said.

The city will receive a combined $4,999,999 in grant money and a zero-interest loan for infrastructure improvements in the Grandview Yard area.

The project will include extending Yard Street and Bobcat Avenue to Williams Avenue; improvements to Northwest Boulevard at Burr Avenue and to the alleys near the HealthSouth medical center that will be built at the northeast corner of Northwest and Goodale; adding a right-turn lane on Burr Avenue; and lining the existing sanitary sewer on Goodale between the railroad bridge and Northwest Boulevard.

The city also will receive $2.8 million in grant money and a zero-interest loan for improvements to Goodale from Grandview Avenue to Lincoln Road.

The project will include upgrading the sanitary sewer; adding a bike lane on the south side of the street; and making improvements to the intersection at Grandview Avenue and Goodale to make it safer, DeGraw said.

"The sewer on Goodale west of Grandview Avenue is one of our sewers left that is still in serious need of attention," he said.

The city will receive the funding in July.

Engineering work for the Goodale project will be completed in 2013, DeGraw said. While work on some of the improvements will begin before the end of next year, most of the work will be completed in 2014.

Work on the Grandview Yard infrastructure project is expected to begin a little earlier than the Goodale construction, he said.

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