About $315,000 in pedestrian-friendly street improvements will be done next year in Kennewick with Community Development Block Grant money.
The Kennewick City Council this week approved money for the projects as part of deciding where $487,150 in grant funds should go.
The approved requests were $250,000 to install pedestrian ramps at various locations in the city; another $25,000 to install audible pedestrian buttons at intersections; and $40,150 to the Kennewick Housing Authority for installing pedestrian ramps and handrails at various locations.
The council also approved $34,000 to the city of Kennewick to provide about 600 youth recreation scholarships; $20,000 to The ARC of Tri-Cities for therapeutic recreation services for 20 disabled individuals; and $18,000 to Senior Life Resources to pay for approximately 30,000 home-delivered Meals on Wheels in Kennewick.
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides the grant money and the city's Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee recommends to the city council which requests from throughout the community should be granted.
A request by The ARC of Tri-Cities for $10,000 to pay for facility furnishings was not granted, because it was not a high priority, said Carol Evans, who oversees the grant program for the city.
This year, $100,000 will be retained by the city for administration of the CDBG program.