Request for Public Comment on CDBG-MIT Grant

The City of Orlando is considering applying for funds from Rebuild Florida CDBG-Mitigation General Infrastructure Program for the following projects for which we are seeking public comment:

  1. Healthy Trees Project: The City of Orlando in partnership with The Nature Conservancy – Florida Chapter seeks to apply for a $500,000 grant to assist low- and moderate-income homeowners within the City of Orlando to prepare trees on their property for hurricane season. Depending on availability of funds, applications from nonprofits serving low and moderate-income residents and faith-based organizations located in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods may also be considered. Grant funds will be used to hire a certified arborist to assess, prune and trim trees for approved applicants. When necessary, trees representing a danger to life or property may be removed and replaced with wind-resistant species.
  2. Lift Stations: The City of Orlando seeks $2.6 million to provide backup emergency generators for 13 lift stations located in the Wekiva Study Area. The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of lift station failure in the event of a power outage that may impact water quality in the Wekiva River Basin.
  3. Resilience Hubs: The City of Orlando seeks $3.4 million to upgrade electrical infrastructure at 6 neighborhood centers and for 3 mobile generators which can be used in the event of a power outage. Resilience hubs function as critical community-facing facilities during the recovery phase of a disaster, providing a source of power, communications, cooling and supplies for neighborhood residents.
Written comments will be accepted from August 31, 2020 to September 13, 2020. For additional information about the project or for a copy of the proposed application, please contact Mira Tanna, City of Orlando Grants Manager at mira.tanna@orlando.gov.

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