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Hearing on application for COVID funds on tap Tuesday

by Michael Shine | January 15, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

Jefferson City is in the final stage of applying for $2 million in COVID-19 relief funding from the state and is seeking public comments about three proposed projects.

The three projects in the application propose:

• Making Monroe Street two lanes

• Funding planning documents for Compass Health related to affordable housing

• Funding renovations for Transformational Housing to redevelop 101 Jackson St.

City staff will hold the hearing at noon Tuesday at City Hall, 320 E. McCarty St.

Jefferson City can apply for a maximum of $2 million, but that doesn't mean it will receive the full amount.

The funding comes from the CARES Act, which means all projects need to relate back to preparing for, preventing or responding to COVID-19.

At least 51 percent of the funds must benefit low- and moderate-income individuals.

Monroe Street project

The project, run by the city, would widen Monroe Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Hickory Street to allow for two-way traffic.

It includes sidewalks and street lighting as well as the road.

To allow travel lanes in both directions, some property acquisition will be necessary, according to a news release. The estimated total cost is $3.49 million, but the funding request is for $1.25 million.

Jefferson City and Cole County officials identified the project last summer as a joint project as part of each entity's half-cent capital improvements sales tax. Each will contribute approximately $1 million to the project.

Additional funding through this grant would expand the project.

Monroe Street provides access to Capital Region Medical Center.

Compass Health project

Compass Health would conduct the second project, and it asks for $100,000.

If approved, the organization will conduct a study looking at construction of affordable housing within Jefferson City.

The application puts a focus on developing a "healthy building" with features that would reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. These include air filtration, more space in common areas for social distancing, exterior unit entrances and smart house technology to reduce human contact.

The funds would not go toward building housing but planning to identify aspects like cost and potential locations.

Transformational Housing

The local nonprofit Transformational Housing is seeking $544,000 to renovate the home at 101 Jackson St.

The Jefferson City Housing Authority currently owns the property, but Transformational Housing put in a proposal to purchase it and the property behind it.

Transformational Housing plans to turn the home into five low-income apartments with at least one handicap-accessible unit and 12 bedrooms between them.

The organization expects tenants staying for about two years and would educate residents on topics such as vaccinations, masks and social distancing.

The home at 101 Jackson St. is currently in poor condition stemming from a hole in the roof. If it doesn't get fixed soon, city officials have said, demolition would be considered.

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