Department of Community Development to hold two public input sessions

CITY’S DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

TO HOLD TWO PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS

 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield Department of Community Development is sponsoring two public input sessions in February as part of the preparation of its 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan.  The purpose of the public input sessions is to obtain comments and suggestions on how the City’s federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds should be used to improve the quality of life in the community.  Information gathered from these sessions will be used during the preparation of the city’s Consolidated Annual Action Plan.

The first session will be held 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 in the Community Room at Morningside Community School located at100 Burbank St. The second session will be held 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 in the Community Room at Conte Community School located at 200 West Union St.   

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that the city prepare a Consolidated Annual Action Plan each year.  Funded projects included in the plan are required to benefit people with low and moderate-incomes; eliminate slums and blight; or address an urgent need.

Those attending the public input sessions will have the opportunity to speak about community issues important to them such as: housing rehabilitation; public facilities; job opportunities; demolition of vacant buildings; sidewalk reconstruction; and park improvements.

The Consolidated Annual Action Plan will be available in draft form in mid-April for the public to review and comment.  It will also undergo a formal adoption process, including a formal public hearing that will be publicly advertised. The draft plan will also be available on the city’s website during a 30-day public comment and review period in April.  After the public comment period, the draft plan will be completed by mid-May and the final plan will be submitted to HUD shortly thereafter.

If residents are unable to attend the public input sessions, they are welcome to submit their comments by mail to the Pittsfield Department of Community Development, City Hall, 70 Allen St., Room 205, Pittsfield, MA or via phone at 413.499.9368 or by TTY at 413. 499.9340. Interested parties may also e-mail public comments to OfficeofDCD@pittsfieldch.com.  Persons with special needs should contact the Department of Community Development and every effort will be made to accommodate their requests.