They City of Bowling Green partnered with citizens and agencies when developing the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Plan which includes a heavy focus on the newly identified BG Reinvestment Area. This new plan allows the City to prioritize its limited funding for the betterment of its citizens and the community as a whole.
This strategic plan addresses the priority needs for years 11-15 of the program, covering Fiscal Years 2015 -2019. The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
The BG Reinvestment Area is identified by six census tracts (Census tracts 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 and the city portion of 112). The area contains the largest portions of minority populations, the highest level of low income residents and the oldest homes. Each of the next five years, the City will contribute 60% of its CDBG allocation toward neighborhood improvements within this area.
The projects completed within the BG Reinvestment Area will focus on public improvements and benefit the area as a whole. Projects will include the building or updating of City parks, improvements to City streets or sidewalks within the defined tracts, construction of public facilities and various other neighborhood improvements. The overall goal of this project is to create a better residential environment and address the housing needs in the area.
The BG Reinvestment Area is 75% renter occupied compared to the City’s 63%; the income of the residents are below City-wide levels; and only 13% of the housing units in the area were built in the last 20 years.
The City utilized publicly available data sources, citizen input, and past experiences in the planning and development of the CDBG Consolidated Plan. If you would like more information about the Bowling Green Reinvestment Area or any specific plans, please call 270-393-3658.