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Abramson, Northup Announce $280,000 Federal Grant To Resolve Drainage Problems in Newburg

Wednesday September 29, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson and U.S. Rep. Anne Northup announced today the Newburg neighborhood will soon get more than $280,000 in drainage improvements under a disaster recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Louisville Metro Housing and Community Development Department will receive the federal grant. The money will address flooding and drainage problems in the Brenda Drive area, which was hard hit by rainstorms in May.
“Following the storms, HUD really stepped up to offer help in resolving drainage problems that affect the quality of life for people in Newburg,” Abramson said. “This disaster grant will add to the ongoing revitalization efforts in Newburg, which are strengthening this neighborhood and creating more affordable housing.”
Abramson’s first metro budget allocated $2 million for Newburg to create more affordable housing options.
“This funding is excellent news. Public investment is particularly meaningful for the Newburg area, which is continuing to make important improvements. Flood prevention preserves or helps improve overall neighborhood appearance and quality of life for all area residents,” said Congresswoman Northup.

Northup sits on the VA/HUD Appropriations subcommittee, which funds the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The HUD grant will be used to resolve drainage problems on a five-acre piece of land owned by Louisville Metro Government. The improvements will also include preparing the land for development of 18 single-family building sites.
“The local HUD office was happy to help with this extra grant for the Newburg neighborhood’s revitalization,” said Ben Cook, HUD’s Louisville Field Office Director. “We are excited to be able to continue providing financial assistance and support, especially when a project helps return government-owned land to the tax rolls and increases property values.”