City leaders announced a large Federal Grant for neighborhood revitalization on Wednesday July 28. Mayor Steven Reed was joined by Damon Duncan from Montgomery Housing Authority and others in announcing plans to help “stabilize and revitalize” the Centennial Hill neighborhood using funds from a $450,000 Housing and Urban Development(HUD) grant the city received.
Montgomery was chosen as one of eleven recipients of the Choice Neighborhood Initiative award given out last year. Mayor Reed says Centennial Hill was chosen because the neighborhood is, “rich in history and community”, adding that it is also a “gateway” to Alabama State University and home of First Congregational Church.
APD Planning Management was named as the firm the city will partner with on the project. Firm CEO Jesse Wiles said the company feels there is, “great opportunity in Montgomery.” He also made note of the fact that he has long been familiar with the city since his wife is a capital city native.
Reed went on to thank ASU and Auburn University for serving as “sounding boards”, during the application process, as well as, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge for her advice and guidance during the process.The project is expected to start soon and take around 2 years to complete.
The brief press conference wrapped up with Reed saying that he has hope that this project and others will help make Montgomery, “a more equitable community.”