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Cooks Corner project gets $2.25 million grant

On October 2 Governor Ralph Northam announced $4.5 million in Vibrant Community Initiative (VCI) funding for housing and community development projects in Middlesex and Albemarle counties. Each county will receive $2.25 million.

“The Vibrant Community Initiative is focused on expanding affordable housing needs and encouraging economic growth in areas with great potential by channeling state and federal resources to tackle large-scale, community-based projects,” said Governor Northam.

Middlesex County received $2.25 million for the Cooks Corner Revitalization Project that will build affordable housing, new business opportunities and provide critical infrastructure for development.

An historic school building, the St. Clare Walker School vocational building will be moved across Route 33 and repurposed into a restaurant and brewery, saving the structure and creating a space for Rappahannock Oyster Company to expand current operations to include a processing center. The Middlesex Water Authority and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District are constructing water and sewer infrastructure to serve this area. Additionally, 24 units of affordable housing will be created by the Middlesex Foundation with rental apartments, targeting teachers, law enforcement officers and public employees. The total project cost has been estimated at $13.7 million.

posted 10.03.2018

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