County to apply for $500,000 Glade Road grant
by Jason Lowrey
Feb 26, 2013 | 1004 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor approved an option agreement on six acres of land on Glade Road during his Feb. 20 meeting, it was the first step in his plans to stimulate growth along Glade Road and in the southeastern portion of the county.

The plot of land is located on Glade Road near its intersection with New Hope Church Road and would be purchased for $180,000. According to County Administrator Peter Olson, the county is looking at placing a fire station, compactor station, resource center, or some combination of the three, on the site.

“There is, in the next [Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax], there was program money for a south-end fire station, there was program money for a south-end community center or rec facility, and then there was program money for a compactor site down in the Allatoona area as well,” he said.

While the fire station and compactor site were included in the SPLOST, Olson said a resource center was never put on the list. To build the resource center, the county is applying for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the federal government. If approved, the county will have to provide $10,000 in matching funds, which Olson described as a great deal.

The grant application is scheduled to be submitted April 1, and Olson was hopeful it would be approved. However, with the possibility of spending cuts in the federal budget due to sequestration, he was unsure what would happen after the county submits its application.

In the meantime, Olson said the county was working with architects to see if it would be possible to have the fire station, compactor site and resource center located on those six acres.

The county, Olson continued, would like to have all three in the same general area so it could act as a stimulant for improvement along Glade Road.

“That’s an area that could use some improvement,” he said. “It could use some county effort. There’s a Glade Road improvement project that’s on the agenda for the next five years or so. There’s a sewer project that’s been approved in design that would run sewer from where it ends on Glade Road just a little north of the interstate up to, like, the Clear Creek [area]. All those things will help that community as well.”

If built, the resource center would likely have similar offerings as the North Bartow Resource Center, such as a food pantry, an office area for the health department and a community space. Olson added the center would “evolve” with the community and its needs.

Aside from the grant and SPLOST projects, Olson believed the county may also take on other projects to clean up the Glade Road area, such as demolishing abandoned or dilapidated mobile homes. He said such a project would be part of a larger effort to improve the area.

“I hope the folks in the Allatoona community can see it as part of an effort on the county to improve their community and their quality of life down there. That’s one of the strategic goals the commissioner has identified for his term, and this is the beginning of that effort,” Olson said.