Westminster seeks $500,000 for area renewal efforts


In an effort to revitalize older city neighborhoods, Westminster is asking for more than $500,000 in state Community Legacy funds - its largest request ever for such money, according to the city's housing and community development office.

In its application, which is due today, the city is asking for money for four projects. It is seeking: $450,000 for the Union Street Community Center; $100,000 for pedestrian-level street lighting for Pennsylvania Avenue; $160,000 for low- or no-interest revolving loans for low-income families; and $10,000 for homeownership initiatives that will bring more residents to older Westminster neighborhoods.

Karen Blanford, manager of the housing and community development office, said she expects the awards to be announced by November, though the money would not be available until early next year.

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