GREENSBORO — It is no secret that Greensboro is working to improve its residential areas of town. And now the city is looking for contractors who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work!
The city was selected to receive a $300,000 Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This grant is designated for providing improvements to owner-occupied housing in Greensboro’s Mary Leila Mill Village.
Approvals are in place for work to begin on four houses in the neighborhood. The improvements will include plumbing, electrical and carpentry work.
General contractors must be licensed and insured in order to work on the project. A prequalification form is available at Greensboro City Hall, 212 North Main Street.
“This CHIP project is part of the city’s larger efforts to revitalize the entire Mary Leila Mill Village,” explains Community Development Director, Cail Hammons. “Our hope is these first few housing renovations will create a spark that encourages private investment and pride of ownership throughout the neighborhood.”
Greensboro’s increased focus on the improvement of its residential areas was born out of redevelopment efforts that began on Main Street with the city’s Better Hometown Program more than 15 years ago. As these efforts matured, city leaders looked to encourage revitalization in the neighborhoods that surround downtown.
“Cities with healthy downtowns have thriving neighborhoods surrounding the core commercial district,” explains Hammons. “Housing is typically an important part of successful downtown development strategies.”