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North Ridgeville, Elyria get NOACA grants


ELYRIA — Two Lorain County cities were awarded planning grants by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency as part of the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative, NOACA announced Monday.

The city of Elyria received $75,000 for the Cascade Park Area Redevelopment Plan, and North Ridgeville received $60,000 for the Town Center District Study.

With the plan, Elyria will have guidance on how to plan for the area around Cascade Park in respect to land use, traffic and economic development.

According to the application that was submitted to NOACA, the study will focus on the western edge of Cascade Park and will look at current infrastructure, current pedestrian and future bike access to park, traffic patterns, and three sub-districts within the plan area: the Lake Avenue area near the Elyria Police Station, the city owned vacant lot on West River North and the city owned service yard property at Floradale Street.

The time table calls for the study to start in April 2010, be completed in November 2010 and be compiled into a report and presented to City Council by January 2011.

The project comes with an $18,750 city matching fund that will likely come from Community Development Block Grant funds.

“NOACA’s TLCI has been overwhelmingly successful, giving communities a funding boost to prepare comprehensive plans,” said Howard R. Maier, NOACA executive director. “Previous TLCI award recipients are now applying for transportation funding to implement their study recommendations. It’s exciting to see projects evolve through the planning process and be implemented for the benefit of the community and region.”

Elyria, North Ridgeville and four other Northeast Ohio communities and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority were also awarded a total of 15 grants. The planning grants, for state fiscal year 2010, total $777,250.

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