Mayor Faulconer, Councilmembers Push for $7.6M in Neighborhood Upgrades for Rec Centers, Library

Mayor’s Successful Reform to Redirect More Federal Grant Money to Infrastructure is Paying Off for Neighborhoods

Monday, March 21, 2016

San Diego – Continuing his push to bring infrastructure improvements to neighborhoods throughout the city, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Councilmembers Myrtle Cole and Mark Kersey at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library to push for $7.6 million in federal grants going toward upgrades at neighborhood recreation centers, a library and other community assets.
 
“This is about using tax dollars smarter so there’s a larger investment in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Faulconer said. “In my first days in office two years ago we reformed this program, and now it’s paying off in a big way for our local libraries, rec centers and other neighborhood infrastructure. These investments make a real difference in people’s lives, and are part of our commitment to build better communities.”
 
In April 2014, shortly after taking office, Mayor Faulconer won City Council approval to redirect a larger portion of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development toward the City’s infrastructure needs. Previously, the City had expended only a fraction of those dollars – about $750,000 annually – on neighborhood improvements.
 
On Tuesday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on spending $7.6 million in CDBG funds for Fiscal Year 2017 on neighborhood upgrades.
 
Among the community enhancements is $500,000 toward a new Teen Technology Center at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library. The center – also funded with a $1 million donation from the Legler Benbough Foundation – will include new computers and a recording studio for young adults.
 
“Infrastructure projects such as the Teen Technology Center at Malcolm X Library is made possible by the efforts of the CDBG funding,” Councilmember Cole said. “It will be an opportunity for the next generation to learn in a hands-on interactive atmosphere, and prepare themselves to innovate, create and change future technology.”
 
Councilmember Kersey, Infrastructure Committee Chairman, said, “We must look for every opportunity available for investing in our infrastructure, including federal CDBG funds. Paired with the long-term strategy that the Rebuild San Diego ballot measure provides, our neighborhoods will finally get the meaningful infrastructure investment that they deserve.”
 
The neighborhood upgrades also include:
 
Park de la Cruz Community Center, $5 million
Neil Good Day Center, $500,000
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and Pool, $519,000
Mid-City and Southeastern Police Stations, $676,000
City Heights Recreation Center, $430,000
 
Several of the projects include repairs to the buildings, energy efficiency improvements and the installation of rooftop solar systems.