Jasper neighborhood getting big revitalization update

Jasper City Hall

The 19th Street neighborhood in Walker County’s Jasper, one of the city’s oldest, will soon get a major makeover thanks to several grants from the state of Alabama.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be combined with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant and nearly $600,000 in city funds.

Funds will be used for replacing vital infrastructure, removing blight and installing streetscaping in the area, located near Jasper High School.

“This project will ensure that residents have safe water to drink and provide other health and safety measures,” Ivey said in a statement. “I am pleased that these grants will improve the quality of life for residents in this neighborhood.”

The city will replace 14,485 feet of water, sewer and stormwater lines and resurface up to 1.2 miles of streets and add new sidewalks. Three dilapidated buildings in the area will be razed.

According to Ivey’s office, water lines in the area are more than 75 years old and subject to frequent breaks. Additionally, sewer lines have been described by city officials as in poor condition and often result in sewage backups. Inadequate drainage of stormwater often results in pooling for the area of more than 80 households after periods of rain.

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