New Vienna has fingers crossed for $494,700 grant

By Gary Huffenberger -

WILMINGTON — In the words this week of Clinton County Commissioner Patrick Haley, if the Village of New Vienna is awarded a competitive Neighborhood Revitalization Grant (NRG), the town will put on a new face.

The Community Development Consultants (CDC) of Ohio Inc. has worked with New Vienna in an application for a $494,700 NRG grant.

That sum, if awarded to the village in southeast Clinton County, would break down and be spent as follows: $212,600 for park improvements; $121,800 for street improvements; $66,100 for flood and drainage improvements; $36,100 for sidewalks; $13,200 for Community Center improvements; and $44,900 for grant administration.

According to Amy W. Schocken, a partner of the CDC of Ohio firm, the Parks and Recreation improvements would include a tennis court and basketball court, parkland purchase, trailer clearance, shelterhouse installation, a gravel parking lot, and play equipment.

The street improvements would include Main Street from South Street to West Street; Church Street, an alley, and Cox Drive; as well as Linkhart Drive and Rice Drive.

The flood and drainage improvements would include Main Street at the ice cream shop corner, Church and Second Streets, College and Elm Streets, and Rice Drive.

Sidewalk improvements would include Main Street, including some curbing.

The Community Center improvements would include parking for people with disabilities and a new rear door.

The Village, for its part, would contribute nearly $15,000 as a grant match.

Other local commitments toward the grant are installation of 10 stop signs on state routes by the Ohio Department of Transportation; the Land Bank to demolish eight residential structures; volunteers would paint the concrete tower street signs; the Lions Club would build a new gazebo; volunteers to build or donate picnic tables for the shelterhouse; two Habitat for Humanity homes; and $91,305 of anticipated community development allocation funds for park improvements.

The announcement whether New Vienna receives the NRG funds will be made in August.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

By Gary Huffenberger