IRONTON — The city of Ironton is applying for a $750,000 neighborhood revitalization grant for the Etna Street area, according to Ralph Kline, assistant executive director of the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization.

The application for block grant funding is seeking $352,000 for curb cuts and road and lighting improvements, $290,400 for park improvements and public facilities, nearly $100,000 for engineering and design costs and $50,000 for general administration.

The grant application was submitted earlier this month and the county should hear whether the project is funded by mid-August, Kline said Tuesday.

The area where the city is seeking improvements included Railroad to Etna streets and North 2nd Street to North 4th Street, he said.

If funded, the project calls for improvements to basketball courts, upgrading playground equipment, tennis courts, adding a pickleball court and making some of the improvements handicapped accessible, Kline said.

It would take several months to make the improvements if the county is successful, he said. The money could be available in the fall and the project could be completed sometime in 2020, he said.

The small cities Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Program grant is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development/Office of Housing and Community Partnerships.

The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners approved the project and submitted it for funding earlier this month, Kline said.

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