City of Boaz awarded more than $300,000 in grant funding, will be used in part of its downtown area

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BOAZ, Ala. -- The City of Boaz is moving forward with a downtown project with a newly awarded grant of more than $300,000.

The grant is from the Department of Transportation. "Its a grant that we went after a few years ago and did not get funded," Boaz Mayor Tim Walker says, "So thanks to TARCOG and some of the people who work through them and we were successful this time."

The grant will be used on part of downtown, with improvements stretching several blocks from the Manor House to the public library. "So it kind of stretches at an angle around town, and it takes care of some of the outer perimeters of sidewalks for a new park that we're planning to develop, where the old mill was," Walker explains.

That site is near the public library.

The plans for the grant are to improve foot traffic along the proposed route. "It's for sidewalk, curb and gutter improvements, and to make sure our curbs are cut so that wheel chairs and scooters can easily access that area," Mayor Walker says.

The plans will  work into the proposed park site. "It's one of those quality of life issues for people that I think they'll enjoy in the future," Mayor Walker said.

The city is in the early steps of the design process.