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Colonial Beach gets grant for boardwalk improvements

The town of Colonial Beach has received a $747,000 federal community development grant to revitalize its boardwalk near the Potomac River.

The news came from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who announced recently that $8.5 million in Community Development Block Grants were awarded to 13 communities across the state.

The grants usually target low- or moderate-income areas and have been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development since 1982.

Virginia receives about $17 million annually for the grant program.

Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Ham said the town has pursued the grant for three years, and that the money is “a real pickup” for the town.

“I’m absolutely elated,” he said.

The grant will be administered by the Northern Neck Planning District Commission once the town projects begin. The town will be reimbursed through the grant for the money they spend, Ham said.

The primary goal, Ham said, is to get the boardwalk, which has been deteriorating for years, “in a lot better shape.”

Other projects for the grant include putting a pedestrian plaza at the end of Colonial Avenue, which will clear a walking area that will connect to the boardwalk. The area now is a vacant dead end.

Several housing units in the town’s historic district will also be rehabilitated.

The grant funding is the first step in improving the town, and will encourage investment, Ham said.

The town also has a detailed revitalization plan with more than $7 million in potential future projects.

Regina Weiss 540/374-5444

rweiss@freelancestar.com

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 Full details of the beach’s revitalization plan can be found at colonialbeachva.net

 

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