Request for Public Comment on CDBG-MIT Grant

The City of Orlando is applying for $8.62 million through Rebuild Florida’s Community Development Block Grant—Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Critical Facility Hardening Program to ensure that our critical facilities are protected in case of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. We are seeking public comment and feedback by June 26, 2020, at 5 p.m., on the following projects for which grant funding is sought:

  • Resilience Hubs: The City is seeking funds to upgrade electrical infrastructure at 17 Families, Parks and Recreation facilities to allow for mobile power generation in the event of a power failure, and to improve ventilation to reduce transmission of disease. 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.
    Total cost: $2,850,000.
  • Orlando Police Department Headquarters: By installing a fixed generator and wet proofing the building’s roof, the City will maintain operations at our headquarters and improve our ability to serve and protect the community during and after a natural disaster or catastrophic event.
    Total cost: $1,050,000
  • Orlando Police Department Crime Scene Facility: Installation of fixed generator will ensure the continued functionality of the laboratories and evidence storage facilities at the Orlando Police Department Crime Scene Facility building in the event of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event.
    Total cost: $700,000
  • Emergency Operations Center: The City is seeking funds to install a portico to improve safe ingress and egress to the building, and to improve ventilation to reduce transmission of disease at the Emergency Operations Center.
    Total cost: $1,220,000
  • Orange Avenue Area Stormwater Improvements: The City plans to improve flood control in areas surround Orlando Regional Medical Center, Central Florida’s only Level One Trauma Center. Due to insufficient stormwater drainage, portions of the area are susceptible to flooding following large storm events. The City plans to modify the existing stormwater connection along Miller Street and Howell Place to Lake Lurna and install emergency power back-up for the Lake Lurna pump station. The project will divert stormwater away from the low areas thus reducing the potential for flooding and will improve distribution of flows between the two lakes, thereby enhancing water quality. The City will also construct a new storm sewer from Orange Avenue to Al Coith Park. The drainage connection between Lake of the Woods to Lake Cherokee will address flooding concerns, mitigate the impacts of flooding on properties near Orange Avenue and enhance the City’s ability to manage low-water flows and levels during drought conditions.
    Total cost: $2,800,000

Written comments will be accepted from June 12 – June 26, 2020. For additional information about any of the above projects or for copies of the proposed applications, please contact Mira Tanna, City of Orlando Grants Manager at

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