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Grant funding projects for Bishop, IMACA

September 30, 2013

Plans are being made to reconstruct the affordable housing complex, Valley Apartments at 156 E. Clarke St., from the ground up, completely modernizing the converted 1940s hotel court by 2016. Photo Marilyn Blake Philip

The City of Bishop is planning a variety of improvements to the city using a large, recently received, Community Development Block grant.
City Administrator Keith Caldwell said that the city will serve as the administrator for the $1.1 million in reimbursable funds that were awarded on Sept. 12 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. “We are the representing fiscal agency for the entire grant,” although Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action will separately manage $1 million of the grant, he said. The $100,000 allocated to economic development within the city will be managed by the Finance Department.
Sandra Bauer, founder and co-owner of Bauer Planning and Environmental Services, Inc. and IMACA Housing and Planning Director Larry Emerson jointly applied for the grant, along with the city.
“The state has very, very strict rules about how money is to be allocated and accounted for,” Caldwell explained, adding that Colorado-state based Bauer Planning and Environmental Services has done a lot of economic development planning studies work in small towns like Bishop.             Caldwell said that, on an annual basis, the city is state-mandated “to provide a certain amount of new housing, in general, including low-income and/or affordable housing,” a challenge given the constraints of land availability. “We are extremely pleased and happy that we have received the grant and can begin reconstruction of Valley Apartments (19-units located at 156 E. Clarke St.) and address economic and technical development in the community.”
(Read more in the Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)

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