The City of Trenton is in the third and final phase of their demolition program. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with City Administrator Kerry Sampson:
It was three years ago the City received a Community Development Block Grant worth $225,000. “We required that the homeowners put in $750 for each property. And so then that extended some of the state money so that we were able to do approximately 30-some houses total,” said Sampson.
The bids have been awarded for the remaining homes, which number less than ten. This will use all the funds remaining from the grant.
This is the second time Trenton has received a Community Development Block Grant for this purpose. “Typically, towns only get one shot at it, and we were fortunate to get two of them. Primarily, I think because we were totally committed to demolishing unsafe structures, even when we didn’t get the grant,” Sampson said, “In other words, those years that we didn’t have a grant, the City continued to money in our budget every year, $20,000 minimum, to take down structures.”
Trenton is unlikely to receive these funds again.