Darlington receives $750,000 block grant

on Monday, 29 November 2021. Posted in Local News

Darlington receives $750,000 block grant
The City of Darlington has announced it will receive a community development block grant of $750,000 to improve infrastructure in the downtown area. Projects will include a public gathering space, repaving downtown parking lots, additional sidewalks, improved landscaping, and installing new lights and security cameras. Mayor Curtis Boyd and the city council have been focused on improving the downtown area. Boyd is hopeful the projects will make downtown more attractive to investors in the future. That future is looking very bright at the moment. Downtown Darlington will soon have a new $17 million judicial center and a $3.1 million expansion of the county Historical Commission’s museum “ This is a big deal,” said City Planner Lisa Bailey. “So many things going on together. This is a spark to keep the momentum pushing forward.” The plan calls for: • Repaving the Carnegie parking lot; • Sidewalks and benches on Orange and Main streets; • The transformation of the Hewitt Alley area between Merle Norman and the Carolina Bank Building into a pedestrian gathering place by repaving it and adding light and benches; • A walking trail that will run from City Lane to the back of the library and, in the future, to Williamson Park. • The repaving and reconfiguring of the parking lots at Ward and Russell streets and on South Main by the Darlington News & Press building. A detailed plan for the project was submitted with the grant application. Bailey estimated it will take between 18 and 24 months to finish the streetscape project.