Jun. 9—City of Aiken officials are expecting to soon hear news on a potential
“We've had a couple of conference calls with
A decision is expected in the coming weeks. Exactly when, though, is unclear, according to O'Briant.
The money, if secured, would be used to significantly improve the streetscape and stormwater situations throughout the
The sought-after Section 108 money can fund economic development, housing and other physical development projects, according to HUD, and is often used to fill a financing gap or to catalyze private investment.
“Section 108's unique flexibility and range of applications makes it one of the most potent and important public investment tools that HUD offers to state and local governments,” the department explained on its website.
Documents available for public review show Aiken is targeting the
“The conceptual plan that we're working under is simply an aspirational idea of what could be,” O'Briant said in an interview last month. “It is not a plan that has to be delivered in any specificity — it's to help us secure the grants and prove the concept, and then the specifics will be left up to, largely, the market.”
In total, the
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