Riverside School effort set for large share of grant cash

For the second year in a row, an effort to expand the Riverside School campus will receive the most federal grant money under a plan tentatively approved by the Grand Junction City Council on Monday.

Without taking a formal vote, council members approved allocating $546,222 in Community Development Block Grant program funds to seven projects that will help low- and moderate-income residents.

More than $170,000 will go to the Riverside Task Force, which is attempting to acquire several properties on West Main Street to expand the 2-acre Riverside School campus. The campus consists of Dual Immersion Academy and the community center, which is housed in the old Riverside School.

Council members also favored a $100,000 grant for the Grand Junction Housing Authority for site work for 14 new units at Walnut Park Apartments that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements; $100,000 for Housing Resources of Western Colorado to build a 2,000-square-foot learning center at Garden Village Apartments; $65,000 for the Western Slope Center for Children for energy-conservation improvements; $40,000 for Mesa Developmental Services to shore up structural deficiencies at its main office building on Grand Avenue; $26,000 for Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley to buy a van to transport overflow
homeless shelter guests to local churches; and $12,000 to the St. Mary’s Hospital Senior Companion Program for gas and mileage reimbursement.

In virtually every case, the projects the council chose not to fund were not eligible for money under guidelines set out by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The City Council will formally vote on the grant allocations later this month.


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