Grant will revitalize Bloomington's west side

By WEEK Producer

July 31, 2013 Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Residents on Bloomington's west side will soon see a positive change in their neighborhood.

On Wednesday, the West Bloomington Housing Collaborative announced a $1.5 million grant to help improve housing in the area.

The money will be split by the group's funded partners. Mid Central Community Action will purchase and rehab 13 homes, 20 homes will be renovated by the West Bloomington Revitalization Program and Habitat for Humanity of McLean County will build three new homes on vacant lots.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said the revitalization will have a positive effect on the entire city.

"These are neighborhoods adjacent to our downtown and we need to revitalize our downtown as our cultural and historic core. Revitalizing the west side is important to make sure all boats float in our community,” said Renner.

The grant is part of a $70 million foreclosure settlement through Attorney General's office.

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