The Town of Cheraw has received a $25,000 grant from the South Carolina Department of Commerce for the purpose of producing a plan; that plan could then produce as much as $750,000 in more grant money for actual improvements to the ACL neighborhood.
“Those improvements could include anything from roads, to storm drainage, landscaping, demolition and more,” said Mike Smith, administrator for the Town of Cheraw.
The initial grant money “allows us to do a comprehensive study of what needs to be done,” said Smith. “We will most likely work with the Pee Dee Council of Governments in developing this plan, along with neighborhood residents and representatives.”
Councilwoman Jacquelin Ellerbe-Shannon asked Smith, during a special meeting of council last Tuesday, “if the grant improvements would be limited to ACL Avenue?”
“No,” Smith said, “it would apply to that general neighborhood.”
The additional grants available from the Department of Commerce could put a two-phase plan in place at $375,000 each. Each grant requires only a 10 percent matching cost, Smith said.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.