MARICOPA — A federal grant is set to go toward revitalizing the Heritage District of Maricopa.
This city has proposed using $180,000 from the Community Development Block Grant for revitalization of the Maricopa Townsite. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for low-to-moderate-income communities to address a wide range of community development needs.
The program was presented at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night by the city’s grants and accounting coordinator, Cassandra Brown.
The grant part of a flexible program that provides resources to address a wide range of community development needs. The homeowners of the Heritage District have expressed their concerns in previous years.
“There may have been promises made but not necessarily promises kept,” said Vice Mayor Henry Wade. “And I am happy to be part of an organization that believes in promises kept.”
The presented area of revitalization is a triangular section east of John Wayne Parkway, south of Honeycutt Road, west of Plainview Street and north of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. It existed before major growth in Maricopa since the early 2000s.
Grace Gomez, a neighborhood activist for the Heritage District, has previously spoken on infrastructure issues and is thankful to see the changes finally come to the community. She described the Heritage District as “the heart of Maricopa.”
“I thank the city of Maricopa for being patient with us,” Gomez said.
For this particular program, the grant will mainly be used for the revitalization of the infrastructure of the community. The program will assist with the improvement of the exterior of the homes and public side streets, landscaping, roofing, plumbing, windows and doors, and installation of energy-efficient streetlights.
“It’s always trying to figure out how to apportion the budget to make sure it gives a little something to everyone,” said Mayor Christian Price. He assured Heritage residents that the issue was never forgotten. “It’s just a matter of when everything collides and when all of the stars align. And I’m really happy to say that I think those stars are aligning.
“When it all comes together in the course of the next year or two, I think we’re going to see major improvements to these areas.”
The resolution that will authorize the city to apply for the project will be presented at the next City Council meeting.