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Ottawa chasing down grant to redevelop riverfront and hopefully stop flooded basements

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2015

Ottawa has gone after several grants over the years but nothing compares to their latest effort.

The city is one of 40 finalists across the country for a share of a billion dollars from the federal government’s “National Disaster Resilience Competition.” Through a partnership with the state, Ottawa hopes to get over $15 million in grant money while agreeing to fork over about $6 million for the local match.

The grant money would include around $9 million to develop the city’s waterfront. Plans are to build a marina and amphitheater where the old Central School once stood.

Other grant money would pay for sanitary sewer improvements. City Engineer Dave Noble says flooded basements of homes and businesses can’t continue happening and this grant money would go a long ways to fix the issue.

Other plans for the grant money would be to build a flood wall around the wastewater treatment plant and to develop the Harper’s Farm property east of town. The farm would include a compensatory store area for floodwaters along with hiking trails.

Noble says the grant application deadline is October 25th and the city should learn its fate in December.

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