Second Ward NPP
Neighborhood Partnership Project
All projects, no matter how small, have a responsibility beyond simply meeting the needs of their users. They have a public responsibility to add to and enhance the neighborhoods in which they are built. They improve the social and economic viability and quality of life in a targeted distressed area. The 2nd Ward NPP-Keystone Communities Elm Street Neighborhood is using an integrated approach for neighborhood revitalization that serves as a launch pad to create linkages between the public and private sector for improved quality of life conditions and the built environment.
Using a combination of community input, mapping information and knowledge developed by performing on-site housing and infrastructure surveys in addition to a neighborhood-wide Community Needs Survey, OECD staff and the NPP Advisory Committee have clearly identified areas that need to be addressed through the use of NPP tax credit funding and other federal, state and private funds.
The DBRC and its private NPP partners are working with the City of Bradford to conduct revitalization efforts and secure funding needed to properly address the needs of the 2nd Ward-NPP. In January 2014, the City received approval of Keystone Communities designation for this neighborhood. In March 2014 the City also received approval of a $400,000 Keystone Communities Public Improvement Grant for facade improvements, streetscape improvements and the construction of new in-fill housing. The City of Bradford has also applied and received approval in June 2014 of a $500,000 HOME grant to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for low and low/moderate income homeowners to address housing code deficiencies. Additionally, the City of Bradford has committed CDBG funds for housing rehabilitation and demolition of blighted properties in the 2nd Ward-NPP. A $500,000 Keystone Communities grant was applied for in November to continue revitalization efforts for neighborhood stakeholders and a second $500,000 HOME grant for housing rehabilitation was applied for in December 2015.