Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Over the past several years, the City of Thomasville was awarded several grants from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) through its annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Competitive Program. The annual CDBG Competitive Program provides federal aid funding through DCA on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist a wide range of eligible activities. These can include housing improvement projects, public facilities such as water and sanitary sewer lines, buildings such as local health centers or head start centers, and economic development programs to benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
To learn more about the CDBG and HUD, please click the links below. You may also call the City of Thomasville’s Planning and Engineering Departments at 229-227-7009 for more information:
2022 CDBG for Dewey City Neighborhood (Phase 2)
- Latest update – In October 2022, the City of Thomasville was awarded a $1 million CDBG for Phase 2 infrastructure improvements. A public hearing was held at the Douglass Complex Cafeteria on December 10 at 10 am. Click here to view the presentation from that meeting or view the take-away document here.
- The grant was awarded by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and will be used to fund water, sewer, and drainage infrastructure improvements in the Dewey City neighborhood between Alexander Street and Wolf Street. This includes McKinley Street, Cook Street, Cobb Street, and Hanna Street.
- The City of Thomasville worked together with Dewey City residents to complete income surveys and resident input forms to assist with the CDBG application process.
- A public meeting about the project was held on March 12, 2022.
- Click here to view the target area map.
- Click here to view the Notice of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds
Project Facts for Phase 2
- Click here to view the presentation from the Public Meeting held on March 12, 2022.
- Click here to view the Zoom meeting from the Public Meeting held on March 12, 2022.
2021 CDBG for Dewey City Neighborhood (Phase 1)
Project Highlights for Phase 1
- Latest update – As of May 3, we are 177 days into the Phase 1 improvements. The stormwater portion of this project is complete. Crews completed work on water mains on Burns Street and have started water main work on Forrest Street (at Burns Street). There will be upcoming additional work on water mains on Festus Street, Bay Street, and Plain Street.
- Work began in late November on Allen Street. Sewer improvements will be first, with water improvements expected to begin January/February 2023.
- Work on Phase 1 is expected to begin in November 2022 and take approximately 320 days to complete. The notice to proceed date is November 7, 2022. Construction crews will start bringing their equipment and materials and will most likely break ground the week after Thanksgiving.
- In the fall of 2021, the City was awarded a $750,000 CDBG for Phase 1 including water, sewer, and drainage infrastructure improvements in and around the Dewey City neighborhood. These improvements were identified as a community need based on the volume of related service requests we have received from residents in the area.
- During Phase 1, improvements will occur from Burns Street to Martin Luther King Jr Drive and include Willis Street, Allen Street, Plain Street, Felix Street, Forrest Street, Bay Street, and Festus Street.
- Click here to view the target area map.
Project Facts for Phase 1
- A public hearing was held at the Douglass Complex Cafeteria on May 5, 2021. Click here to view the meeting presentation.
- A public hearing was held at the Douglass Complex Cafeteria on December 7, 2021. Click here to view the meeting presentation.
The City of Thomasville was not awarded the 2019 Community Development Block Grant. For more information, click here.
2017 and 2018 CDBG Projects in the Fletcherville District
- The City of Thomasville submitted applications in April 2017 (to complete work in Phase 1) and April 2018 (to complete work in Phase 2) to the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) competition and were awarded both.
- Both submissions were in the category of Single Activity/Public Facilities and will benefit more than 650 Thomasville residents.
- The City was awarded the CDBG funds in consecutive years because of its PlanFirst Designation, which helped to complete work in the Fletcherville area more quickly.
- In the fall of 2017, Thomasville was awarded a $750,000 grant for Phase 1 infrastructure improvements in the Fletcherville area. Grant funds, as defined by DCA, will be used to improve water quality to the community. The City’s local match will go towards storm drain improvements, street resurfacing, and addition of curb and gutter and sidewalk.
- In the fall of 2018, Thomasville was awarded a $750,000 grant for Phase 2 infrastructure improvements in the Fletcherville area. Grant funds, as defined by DCA, will be used to improve water quality to the community. The City’s local match will go towards storm drain improvements, street resurfacing, and addition of curb and gutter and sidewalk.
- The Engineering Department held a community event at Harper Elementary School on January 28, 2017. Residents in the Fletcherville area provided the City with their issues pertaining to low water pressure, discolored water, sewer backups, overflowing manholes, road pot holes, street flooding, and yard flooding. They also shared other issues that was critical to defining the project areas for the grant application and eventual award of both grants.
- Improvements in Phase 1 began in August 2018 and were completed in September 2019. Work in Phase 1 was broken down into two construction projects. One phase included sewer and water main work and the other phase included road, sidewalk, multi-use trail, and drainage work. Work in the Phase 1 area is complete.
- Improvements in Phase 2 began in September 2019 and are anticipated to be complete by the end of October 2020. Work in Phase 2 was also broken down into two construction projects. One phase included sanitary sewer work and the other phase included water main work, road improvements, and drainage improvements. The first project in Phase 2 is complete, and the second one is under construction with an anticipated completion date of the end of October 2020.