Orignially posted in The Fayetteville Observer by Andrew Barksdale
Fayetteville officials say they will use a $1.2 million Golden LEAF Foundation grant toward two Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.
The city announced the award at Monday night�s council meeting. Most of the grant, about $900,000, will pay for building an alternative entrance to the Rayconda subdivision, which has more than 200 homes in western Cumberland County. The rest will be used to remove debris from Cross Creek, which flooded downtown from the hurricane last October.
The city last fall did emergency repairs to Rayconda�s only entrance, Siple Avenue, after flood damage. But the city wants to create a new way in and out by extending Pinewood Terrace to Raeford Road at the new traffic light at the new Veterans Affairs Health Care Center.
Officials said Monday night they will apply for more Golden LEAF grants this spring, including to build a second entrance to the King�s Grant subdivision off Ramsey Street. That neighborhood lost its main way in and out, Shawcroft Road, after the hurricane, too. The city plans to repair Shawcroft and reopen it permanently by the fall.