Crown Point ponies up for trailhead, intersection project
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent January 20, 2013 6:34PM
Crown Point hopes to continue work on it's bike trails in the coming year. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 22, 2013 6:20AM
CROWN POINT — The city’s portion of funding for a trailhead and intersection improvements at 93rd Avenue and Summit Street and a trailhead at 93rd Avenue and Chase Street has been allocated.
The Redevelopment Commission has been tapped to supply between $200,000 and $400,000 in matching-grant funding that will bring the work to fruition this summer.
“To be able to apply you have to have the match available,” commission member Carol Drasga said.
City Engineer Tris Miles said the amount is vague because it is unclear just how much of a match the city will need for the variety of grants and funding opportunities that will pay for the work.
“There is substantial money available for all of (the projects),” Miles said.
Community Development Block Grant funds will be tapped for the intersection improvements, which include eliminating the 90-degree turn on 93rd Avenue and replacing it with a roundabout. Trailhead improvements will include parking, entrance ways, benches and other amenities.
Some of the grants require a 20 percent match, others a 10 percent match. Some are 100 percent reimbursable. Miles said until the grants are applied to the different aspects of the project, it will be unclear what percentage the city will be required to match.
Cost of all three projects is estimated at more than $2 million. Miles said once bids are submitted and the amounts needed are known he will be back before the RDC to request a specific amount.