County gets $80,000 grant for Central Avenue

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By Jennifer Garcia

Improvements to Central Avenue continue to take shape.

Sidewalks were recently re-done and thanks to a supplemental special appropriation from the New Mexico Main Street Program, a new public address system, kiosks and a banner will soon be purchased and installed on Central Avenue.

Executive Director of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Kevin Holsapple and Public Works Department Project Manager Betsy Lucido were in council chambers during Monday night's meeting to present a briefing on the additional Central Avenue Streetscape Project Improvements.

After a vote, council approved a motion accepting the New Mexico Main Street Award of $80,000. The motion passed 7-0.

According to county documents, in August 2008 the County was notified by New Mexico Main Street that a supplemental special appropriation was available and they were seeking projects for funding consideration.

At a special council meeting on Aug. 21, Council passed Resolution No. 08-13, supporting the partnership between Los Alamos County and Los Alamos MainStreet.

This resolution was a precursor to the submittal of an application responding to the New Mexico MainStreet Program announcing additional funding. The county and LACDC Main Street submitted an application requesting a total of $300,000 in additional funds.

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