City Council to get public input for community development grant

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 17, 2019

By Liz Moomey

SALISBURY — At their meeting Tuesday, members of the Salisbury City Council will hear from residents about how the city should use grant money for community development.

For the 2019-20 fiscal year, the city will receive about $410,000 through the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money can be used for neighborhood improvement and public service projects to benefit low- and moderate-income families and help revitalize neighborhoods. Neighborhood improvements are limited to designated revitalization areas, which include West End, Park Avenue, Jersey City and East End.

The council will hear from residents, though no action will be needed at Tuesday’s meeting since the allocations have not been announced by HUD.

Council members also will discuss approving a special-use permit for on-site alcohol consumption for a craft beer bottle shop planned at 116 W. Innes St. The request was approved by the Planning Board in January. Shannon Bergland, the owner, aims to open a second location of Bottle & Can Craft Beet & Cider.

The council will also consider approval of a right-of-way use permit to allow Bill Greene, the owner of 110 South Main Street, to use one parking spot as contractors renovate the interior of 108 S. Main St. The project is scheduled to be completed by Feb. 28.

Also on the agenda is a request to revise a Downtown Revitalization Incentive Grant. In July, the City Council awarded a $142,204 grant to a mixed-use construction project at 201 E. Innes St. The scope of the project has since been downsized. The revised grant would be for as much as $99,364.

The council will receive a financial report and information on the second quarter of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 217 S. Main St. Public comment will begin at 6 p.m.

Contact reporter Liz Moomey at 704-797-4222.