City gets $1.5M EDA grant

Published 1:06 am Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The City of Andalusia received official notification on Tuesday that it has received a $1.515 million federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, Mayor Earl Johnson said late Tuesday.

The council agreed in April to apply for the matching grant, which will be used for approximately $3 million in water and sewerage improvements in the city’s industrial park.

Johnson said the city also has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for this project.

“All of this is possible because of the new jobs at SaeHaeSung,” Johnson said. “There is no real water service in the park. This project will allow us to put industrial-sized lines in the park and provide fire protection there. If we need larger water lines (for industry), they’re there in the future.”

At present, the industrial park has a two-inch water line. When the project is complete, he said, it will have a 12-inch line.

The ADECA grant can be used as part of the city’s $1.5M match for the EDA grant.