The City did not undertake this project INSTEAD OF other street projects. In fact, the City has ACCELERATED its citywide street rehabilitation program in recent years, and the Downtown Safety Project did not significantly impact this program.
The Downtown Safety Project is primarily grant-funded. The City received $1.35 million federal/state grants, covering 92% of the project cost. The City agreed to contribute $124,720 as a one-time expenditure.
Compare this to the $6.8 million in City dollars that have been spent citywide on rehabilitation of 72 lane-miles of streets since 2011. Furthermore, in 2018 alone the City has committed $1.2 million to citywide street repairs during 2018. These numbers do not include federal/state grants that the City has received for street rehabilitation, which can often more than double the total amount spent on Xenia streets in a given year. Click here for more information about the City's annual street program.