Scottsboro, Jackson County, receive combined one million dollars in grants for city’s downtown

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- A combined one million dollars in grants is labeled for improvements for downtown Scottsboro.

Downtown Scottsboro is historic. The courthouse stands tall in the middle of the square, where residents from all over the county frequent. Now with two grants, the County and the city together will spend one million dollars to improve the downtown area for those residents.

"About six months ago we were made aware of a Federal Transportation Alternative Programs grant and it's administered through ALDOT, and it's for 500 thousand dollars," Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter says.

Jackson County was also able to apply for that grant, so both Scottsboro and the County did so.

"We really didn't think that both of us would get awarded the grant, but the good news was we both got the grant so we'll have a million dollars towards this project," Mayor Potter says.

Mayor Potter says the plan is to spruce up the downtown area.

"Sidewalks will be replaced, new planters, new crosswalks, just a redesign," Mayor Potter says, "We are beginning to work on the development, and we'll have input from the businesses around the square to see what they would like to see."

The project's total cost is estimated at 1.4 million dollars.

"We're also applying for another 200 thousand dollar grant that we'll know about in October," Mayor Potter says, "So it's possible that grant funding will be providing 1.2 million of the 1.4 million dollar project."

The project is still in the early stages and Mayor Potter says they expect to start work on the plan next year.