The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded the City of Gardner and $112,000 grant to support the implementation of the Main Street Corridor Plan, a project aimed to address approximately 30 goals, objectives and actions outlined in Gardner’s 2014 Comprehensive Plan regarding long-range growth, housing and transportation demands.
HUD was able to provide this grant through its Planning Sustainable Places program, a government assistance program initiated in 2010 and led by the Kansas City area’s Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). Gardner’s application received the top score of all 19 applications submitted from both Kansas and Missouri, and was recommended to receive the full grant funding request.
“The partnership between the city and MARC will provide an opportunity to create a plan that stimulates a sense of place downtown,” Mayor Chris Morrow said. “We will work on creating a plan for the future that fosters a vibrant and connected core for the residents of Gardner.”
The $112,500 grant will fund 75 percent of the project, with the other 25 percent, $37,500, being matched through the city’s general fund.
For more information about the Planning Sustainable Places program, contact the Business and Economic Development Department at 913.856.0913.