published Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Grants to fund Ocoee Greenway Project and improvements to Cleveland Community Center

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced two grants totaling more than $570,000 for Cleveland to fund the Ocoee Greenway Connector Project and the replacement of the Cleveland Community Center’s roof.

Cleveland is receiving a $75,000 Clean Tennessee Energy grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to replace the Cleveland Community Center’s existing roof with an energy-efficient thermoplastic polyolefin membrane roof, as part of the ongoing efforts to reduce energy waste.

The projected savings are estimated at more than $323,000 a year over a 20-year period, according to a news release. The new roof will also result in a 90.2-percent reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen oxide.

Cleveland will also receive a $495,978 transportation alternative grant for the Ocoee Greenway Connector Project. The project will create a ten-foot, ADA-accessible concrete path parallel to South Mouse Creek and along Fillauer Branch before terminating at Ocoee Street. The project also includes new sidewalks and pedestrian crossing improvements at the Ocoee Street/Blythe Ferry Road intersection designed to connect to the existing Ocoee Street sidewalk system.

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