Cobb Park Revitalization

Cobb Park Revitalization

© Heather Fountaine © Heather Fountaine

Abilene (KXVA FOX) -- Abilene City Council approved the Cobb Park Revitalization plan on Thursday. This upgrade will bring some major improvements to the Cobb Park neighborhood area, including street and sidewalk improvements, and more bus stops and shelters.

"I would like to see the city give incentives to home owners in this area, and also encourage young families to come back into our neighborhood," said Carrie Blaschke, a neighborhood resident.

There are eight houses in the Cobb park area that have historic overlay zoning, including Blashke's. These houses require some extra care, according to Blashke.

"These homes are important to Abilene's future, they're important to Abilene's past, and we want people to appreciate the loveliness of homes that are all unique, nothing is cookie cutter."

The revitalization of this area is much needed, according to Blashke.

"I'm very excited and I'm grateful to the city for picking this area. Yes, these streets are really dumpy and our water lines break. You know, we're kind of in the old part of town, and I challenge other neighborhood associations to call, meet with us and let's all get together on some big projects about cleaning up the neighborhood."

Residents may not see any progress for a few years, but the Abilene Housing Authority could benefit from this a lot sooner than that. They're applying for funding from the Tax Credit Program, and this revitalization plan brings them one step closer to two new housing complexes.

"One of the things that we have to do through the Tax Credit Program is build in an area that has a revitalization plan," said Gene Reed, Executive Director of the Abilene Housing Authority.

The two complexes would be built in the Cobb park area, and that gives the Housing Authority more points on their application. Points were also given because the city confirmed support for the project.

"The stronger we can make our application, the more successful we'll be in trying to achieve that award," said Reed.

The Abilene Housing Authority is competing with three other developers for this award, including one in Wichita falls. The winner will be announced July of 2014.

And if the Housing Authority does win the funding from the tax credit program, one complex would be on North 3rd and Mockingbird, and the other on 2121 North 6th St.

The complexes wouldn't be completed until the end of 2015 to early 2016.

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