City of Lanett TAP Grant Approved

on May 17, 2016

Planned downtown upgrades in the City of Lanett got a financial boost recently when Alabama Governor Robert Bentley informed Mayor Kyle McCoy that the city’s application for a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) Grant administered through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) had been approved. The grant will help fund a complete overhaul of the streetscape in the historic downtown triangle in Lanett. 

“The renovation of our downtown triangle has been a high priority for myself and our City Council for some time, and it was something that the late Mayor Oscar Crawley was very passionate about as well,” Mayor McCoy said. “The approval of our grant application is a major step in making this a reality and fulfilling the vision for our city that so many other leaders and citizens of Lanett have.” 

Through the grant program, the city will receive a total of $229,392 for the downtown project. The city is required to provide a 20 percent match to the funding, meaning they will be responsible for supplementing $57,348, bringing the total funding to $286,740. The city will also cover the cost of the project engineering design. 

Transportation Alternative projects are financed with federal funds, so there are several requirements the city must meet in order to proceed with the project. Over the next month, city officials and project designers will be meeting with representatives from the Alabama Department of Transportation to review the guidelines and determine a timeline to begin construction. 

The city’s application for the TAP grant was submitted in January of this year with the assistance of grant writer Louise Campbell. The proposed project includes sidewalk renovation, landscaping and pedestrian lighting in the downtown triangle, which includes North Lanier Avenue and First Street. 

The city had previously committed funds to reconstruct the sidewalk along North Lanier Avenue from City Hall past the Senior Center and to the downtown triangle. This grant will help enhance and extend those improvements and increase the scale of planned downtown redevelopment. 

According to the city’s grant application, the project will improve pedestrian access and significantly improve the visual aspects of the triangle area, which will, in turn, encourage private investment in the renovation of commercial space and attract new business to downtown Lanett. 

“Having a vibrant and attractive downtown area is such a vital factor in the future economic and community development of our city,” Mayor McCoy says. “It’s something that makes a positive impression on both visitors and residents and simulates growth and improves quality of life. We as a council are committed to moving the City of Lanett forward and we are all excited about this opportunity to improve and grow our city and are anxious to break ground on this project. There is no doubt that the future is bright for Lanett and its residents.”

Mayor McCoy also extended thanks to Representatives Isaac Whorton and Bob Fincher and Senator Gerald Dial for their support during the application process.

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