Elliot Park meeting will discuss NRP spending

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January 24, 2005 // UPDATED 1:51 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) is holding a community meeting Jan. 31 at the Elliot Park Recreation Center to discuss how to spend Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Phase II money.

The neighborhood's Phase II allotment of $678,504 is considerably less than the $4.8 million in Phase I. NRP is funded by city tax revenue from commercial development projects. Revenue from those projects has dropped due mostly to state tax reform, and the city has diverted some money away for police and housing efforts.

Reid said $34,750 would be set aside for Phase II planning, leaving $643,754 remaining to spend over a five-year period.

EPNI used Phase I dollars to leverage more than $151 million in public and private money for neighborhood projects, such as a home-loan program, renovations at Elliot Park Grocery, 1600 Chicago Ave.; improvements at the Band Box diner, 729 S. 10th St.; restoration of the Hinkle Murphy Mansion, 619 10th St. S.; and for new developments, such as the East Village Apartments at 11th Avenue & 14th Street and Grant Park, 500 E. Grant St.

EPNI members will also vote on a proposal to modify the neighborhood's Phase I spending plan. The neighborhood group's board of directors voted Jan. 10 to redirect $75,000 targeted for neighborhood safety lighting to help pay for other expenses involved in carrying out EPNI's master plan, said Tom Reid, EPNI executive director.

People who live, work or own property are encouraged to attend the meeting. Those who attend will also have the opportunity to participate in focus groups on safety issues and residential development, among other things.

The Jan. 31 meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 E. 14th St.