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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
Dickinson City Council
by Jim Guidry
Monday, September 12, 2011

Dickinson City Council on Tuesday will consider an interlocal agreement with the Gulf Coast Center for the development of a pedestrian/transit master plan. Staff Reports

“It evolved as we started talking about the Highway 3 Overlay District that the city had started earlier this year,” explained City Administrator Julie Johnston. “When we started looking at it we wanted to make sure that we were leveraging our funds to the greatest extent possible and one place that we figured out that we were not leveraging our funds the way we needed to was in our CDBG money.” Listen: MP3  RealPlayer

Johnston said the CDBG funds can be used as matching funds for the project.

“Of the total $155,000 project, the city will be providing $11,000 cash and $20,000 in-kind toward the project,” Johnston said. “Gulf Coast Center will provide the remaining $124,000.”

The Goodman Corporation is providing consulting services for the project.

“Recent discussion between representatives of the city, Gulf Coast Center, The Goodman Corporation and Marsh Darcy Partners has focused on the opportunity presented through the nexus of transit and redevelopment to qualify future city expenditures for infrastructure improvements as federally eligible,” said the scope of services provided by TGC.  “Pursuant to the Federal Transit Administration’s Livable Community Initiative program, a community may utilize federal funding to support infrastructure improvements within one-half mile of any transit stop or terminal.”

The plan was previously discussed and approved in a work session on August 23.

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