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More $ for the neighborhood: 3 projects win $240,940

It’s evidently that time of year when the dog days of summer turn into big piles of cash from city hall. In addition to the technology awards from yesterday, today the city announced the winners for the 2010 Large Neighborhood Matching Funds.

The Central District go far more than any other neighborhood in the city, grabbing $240,940 out of $1.2 million total awarded citywide.

The three winning projects are:

Work-it-Out Pilot Project – We previously covered how the People’s Family Life Center was planning on leasing the vacant Mann (aka Nova) school building at 24th & Cherry, to create an educational and job training center for youth and dropouts. They’ve now received $100,000 from the city to get the program off the ground, and have a matching $100,000 from private donors.

The Pollinator Pathway – The bee-friendly project won $58,820 from the city to build a series of pollinator friendly gardens from 12th to 29th on Columbia Street. Project organizers secured $64,140 in matching funds as well.

Jimi Hendrix Park – Park supporters had a lot of ideas for a better park at the meeting we covered back in the winter. Now they’ll have $76,800 from the city to pay a consultant to complete the designs and produce construction documents

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