NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $9 million to 34 communities across the state, including Niles and Girard, on Wednesday.
Niles will receive $224,000 to improve storm sewers along Gypsy Lane in a residential neighborhood across from the Eastwood Mall that is prone to flooding during heavy rains.
The project aims at fixing the street’s flooding issues by installing more than 2,000 linear feet of storm sewer and 35 catch basins. Once updated, it will benefit 64 people in the area.
“As you know we’re having financial problems, so any grant we can get to help these people and to help that area is very beneficial to the city and to the citizens,” said Niles Mayor Tom Scarnecchia.
Those who live along the road said the project is much needed because when they get a heavy rain, the road turns into a stream.
“When we get about 4 or 5 inches of rain in a short period of time, this water fills up the road. We can and we have had canoes and kayaks down there on the road,” said homeowner Brian Rutkowski.
Girard will also get money for improvements.
The city will receive $300,000 to revitalize the central business district. The money will assist 57 projects, including facade improvements and correcting code violations.
In addition, another $200,000 is coming from Trumbull County. Businesses now have to match it, which means downtown Girard will get $1 million in improvements.