On Dec. 3 the City Council and Mayor McGinn approved $2 million in funding for the latest round of Neighborhood Matching Fund projects, including a Large Projects Fund proposal from North Delridge – the Dakota Street Right of Way Community Enhancement. This project is a community-driven effort to replace an existing, vacant right-of-way with a beautifully landscaped place for the Delridge community to use and enjoy. The Dakota Street SDOT right-of-way is an empty lot that currently obscures the entrance to the Longfellow Creek Trail system, including access to Dragonfly Pavilion, and the proposed project would enhance visibility and access to the creek and trails. The right-of-way is directly opposite the new Youngstown Flats development behind the Kidney Center.
The project was awarded $54,000 by the City and is supported by a community match of donated labor as well as local business contributions from Legacy Partners, the developer of Youngstown Flats, and longtime community supporter Nucor. A huge thank you from all of us at the North Delridge Neighborhood Council to Steffenie Evans of Legacy Partners for her dogged work to help secure this funding for the community. Thanks also for Legacy’s overall treatment of the community during the entire project timeline – they have been nothing less than stellar and will be the gold standard for future projects.
Finally, thank you to the group of neighbors who volunteered to spearhead this project on behalf of North Delridge:
Special kudos to Nancy and Michael for recently speaking on behalf of the project before the City Council.
Got a project that needs funded?
There are three Department of Neighborhoods funding sources under the Neighborhood Matching Fund program:
- Small Sparks Fund (up to $1,000)
- Small and Simple Projects Fund (up to $20,000)
- Large Projects Fund (up to $100,000)
These are wonderful sources of community funding that are not particularly hard to apply for. The Department of Neighborhoods staff stands ready to help, and the NDNC Executive Committee is happy to work with you and offer lessons learned from past grant experiences.