Farmington board moves forward to secure CDBG for 82 High Street

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FARMINGTON — Following a public hearing, the Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed Tuesday to move forward on a Community Development Block Grant application for 82 High Street.

The town will oversee the $360,000 grant application and implementation of the plan to upgrade water and sewer lines and add gas lines to the low- and moderate-income housing complex on Sawtelle Lane.

The town approved the project and CDBG involvement during the annual March town meeting.

The first phase, rehabilitation of 17 mobile homes, was completed in 2012, with the help of CDBG funds, Town Manager Richard Davis told the board. The second phase includes the water, sewer and gas lines. 

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The total cost of $400,000 also will be met through the 82 High Street board’s funding of $36,000 from the Genesis Community Loan Fund and $4,000 in volunteer work.

“Things look promising,” Ryan Morgan, selectman and 82 High Street board member said of the Sawtelle Lane community. “Things have changed greatly. We can really see the difference.”

The mobile home community and rental housing, 82 High Street, was created 26 years ago by residents of Farmington, the town, eight area churches and Western Maine Community Action, according to the application. It consists of 30 units, including 13 apartments in three buildings and 17 mobile homes.

The new, approximately 800-foot water, sewer, and gas lines will service all units.

“The goal is to provide new, safe, healthy and code-compliant utility facilities for low-to-moderate income families. The efficiency goal with the gas line installation is to reduce the current heating costs by 50 percent,” according to the application.

Design and engineering work for the project will be completed over the winter with bids sent out by early spring and the construction undertaken next summer, Code Enforcement Officer Steve Kaiser told the board.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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