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The City of Borger has been awarded a downtown revitalization grant in the amount of $350,000. The grant is provided through the Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Programs by the Texas Department of Agriculture and addresses the objective of redeveloping run-down conditions in downtown areas of a community.
The City partnered with Panhandle Regional Planning Commission to apply for the grant in 2019. The grant is part of ongoing comprehensive planning efforts that started in 2019 and based on community feedback of the need to increase efforts to redevelop Borger’s downtown area. Comprehensive Planning is a process that determines community goals for community development for the future. More information on the City of Borger’s Comprehensive Plan can be found on www.borgertx.gov.
Plans for the grant funds will help to improve the appearance of the downtown area while creating improved parking opportunities. These plans include entirely revamping the parking lot located on the west side of the 400 block of Weatherly with new pavement, sidewalks, curbs, lighting and landscaping to provide better access to downtown shopping and entertainment venues.Initial design work will begin once all grant documents have been completed and full project completion is expected by the end of the year. The City’s required matching funds were budgeted in the FY 2019-2020 budget and paid for from reserves with no new taxes supporting this project.