In observance of National Community Development Week, the City of Columbia Community Development Department held a kick off press conference on April 2, 2018, at the Columbia Art Center. The City of Columbia highlighted all of the programs and projects that were made possible by the Community Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.
City Councilman Howard E. Duvall, Jr. was pleased to announce that this year Congress had authorized $3.3 billion dollars in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and $1.362 billion dollars in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds.
City Councilman Sam Davis attended the kick off press conference and said, “The CDBG program has really impacted all aspects of the City of Columbia families, environments and neighborhoods. The downtown area specifically the Columbia Art Center is an example of the impact when it comes to economics. This is a team effort that everyone gets involved in and gains benefits from the CDBG & HOME programs.”
Gloria Saeed, Community Development director provided history, facts and highlighted two major projects that was funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program at the kick off press conference for National Community Development Week.
The Columbia Art Center was funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. It’s an Art Center for pottery and arts activities for the City of Columbia. It’s a 5,000-square-foot center, located in the Cannon Garage downtown on Taylor St. The facility is operated by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation and offers a mixture of art from both studio members as well as instructors. The Columbia Art Center includes a classroom space, a glaze and clay room, office space and gallery.
The Lyon Street Neighborhood was also funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The City of Columbia Community Development Department in partnership with Richland County Community Development and the Columbia Housing
Authority held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lyon Street Neighborhood on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. 12 new homes were constructed in the Lyon Street Neighborhood. The City of Columbia Community Development funded the construction expense of 5 homes. Richland County Community Development funded 2 homes and Columbia Housing Authority funded 5 homes.