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HUD HEADQUARTERS RELOCATES TO DALLAS FOR A DAY AS CUOMO ANNOUNCES $47.4 MILLION TO HELP REVITALIZE CITY'S COREDALLAS -- Secretary Andrew Cuomo and top aides relocated U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters to Dallas for a day today to learn first-hand how to help assist the city in its efforts to revitalize the city's core and to announce $47.4 million in HUD assistance.
Cuomo joined Mayor Ron Kirk and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson at a morning community forum, at ceremonies dedicating new mixed-income housing and four mobile police stations that HUD helped fund, and at a lunch with business and community leaders.
"I've brought the top leadership of HUD here because we want to work with Dallas to strengthen our successful partnership and to help extend the city's prosperity to all of its people," Cuomo said. "To succeed, we have to understand Dallas and its needs, and the best way to do that is to walk through the city's neighborhoods, see the challenges it faces, and talk with its people and leaders."
"Mayor Kirk is setting an example for the nation with his programs to revitalize Dallas, and Congresswoman Johnson is a leader in fighting for the city's interests in Washington," Cuomo said. "Dallas is a leader in building strong and effective partnerships between all levels of government and the private sector."
The events Cuomo participated in took place in or near the Dallas Enterprise Community, an economically distressed area around the downtown business district. President Clinton designated the 19.8-square-mile Enterprise Community under a HUD program. The Enterprise Community is receiving $3 million in grants and additional reduced-interest tax-exempt bond financing to spark the creation of new jobs, businesses, housing and a broad range of urban revitalization efforts.
The community forum was held at the new Larry Johnson Recreation Center, which was built with the help of a $1 million donation by New York Knicks forward Larry Johnson (who grew up in the neighborhood) and $500,000 from HUD.
The $10.5 million apartment development that Cuomo dedicated -- Treymore at City Place -- will provide 102 units of affordable housing and 78 units of market-rate housing with the help of $1.2 million in HUD loan guarantees and $2.5 million in federal tax credits.
Cuomo also dedicated two mobile police storefronts. HUD provided $448,000 (as part of the $3 million in Enterprise Community grants) to Dallas to buy four mobile police storefronts, which are converted recreational vehicles that are used in community policing. The mobile police stations, which began operating in August and will travel around Dallas, will help reduce crime and help attract new businesses and residents.
"We are incredibly delighted to welcome Secretary Cuomo and the many HUD Assistant Secretaries and staff to the City of Dallas," Kirk said. "We look forward to strengthening our ties with HUD. By spending this day together, our community leaders, local officials and their counterparts at HUD will learn more about each other and become more effective partners."
"We have had a good working relationship with HUD in the past and we look forward to continuing that relationship with Secretary Cuomo," Kirk said. "This visit is proof that he is committed to working towards building a better future for the citizens of Dallas."
"Secretary Cuomo's visit to Dallas shows he and HUD are committed to working to build a better future for the city and its neighborhoods," Johnson said. "Working together, we can get the job done."
Cuomo announced the following new HUD assistance to Dallas:
After the HUD team attended the morning forum, the Department officials split up and spent the day visiting housing, businesses, and other locations around Dallas with their local counterparts.
The visit to Dallas is the third in a series of such trips that Cuomo and the top leadership of HUD are making to cities around the country. Earlier HUD For A Day sessions were held in Baltimore and Kansas City, MO.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009