RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $2.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Buchanan, Lee, and Wise, and the Town of Pulaski.
The funding will support water and sewer system improvements to assist low- to moderate-income individuals and households.
Three projects were awarded funding through the competitive cycle. One additional project was funded through an open submission CDBG Community Economic Development Fund.
The following projects will receive CDBG funding:
Hunt’s Fork Waterline Extension Project $570,000 - Buchanan County Buchanan County is providing a regional water line to the rural Hurley community. This project will provide 92 households, 84 percent of which are low- to moderate-income, with safe, reliable drinking water. The county will construct approximately 20,000 linear feet of water line, a water tank, and eight fire hydrants in the Hunt’s Fork Valley.
Blackwater Phase II Water Project – Letter of Intent $346,500 - Lee County Lee County will provide new public water service to 21 households, 15 of which are low- to moderate-income. This second phase of a larger water system expansion will install approximately 21,590 linear feet of water line and eliminate private system failures or contaminations.
Sewer Improvements at James Hardi Pulaski Facility $700,000 - Town of Pulaski The Town of Pulaski will upgrade a pump station, add additional storage tanks to the system, and replace approximately 1,000 linear feet of sewer line to accommodate the utility needs of the James Hardie Building Products facility. This project will allow James Hardie to retain at least 70 jobs at this facility, of which at least 36 jobs will be retained at entry-level positions. This upgrade will increase the capacity of the sewer system to better accommodate James Hardie’s operations, as well as any potential future expansions.
Glamorgan Sewer Project - $885,000 - Wise County Wise County will provide new public sewer service to 45 households in the Glamorgan community, 33 of which are low- to moderate-income. Construction will include the installation of approximately 13,000 linear feet of gravity sewer line.