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Funds to be used to replace water, sewer lines along Sussex Avenue


GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ – The City of Gloucester was recently awarded $400,000 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to be used to replace the water and combined sewer lines along Sussex Avenue between Market Street and Cumberland Street, announced Mayor Daniel Spencer today.

“We are appreciative of the DCA’s award and very pleased that our application was so favorably received,” said Spencer.   

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According to Spencer, replacing the water and sewer lines along Sussex Street is a priority for the City in light of the age and condition of the existing system.  “Much of the infrastructure throughout Gloucester City is over 110 years old,” Spencer stated.  “As a result, it is deteriorating and becoming a financial burden on the City’s budget.” 

In the instance of Sussex Street infrastructure, Spencer noted, there are aging water and sewer lines that are also being overused due to the significant increase in residential and commercial growth over the past one hundred years.  Consequently, he said, the existing lines are in need of removal and replacement.

The money for this project comes from the DCA’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program – an extremely competitive funding opportunity that provides grants to develop or improve public facilities and infrastructure that primarily benefit low-income persons and to rehabilitate housing owned and occupied by low- and moderate-income residents.

Typically, DCA approves approximately two dozen applications each year, totaling roughly $6 million.  Gloucester City’s application was written by Triad Associates of Vineland – a community and economic development firm that has secured nearly $1 billion in funding for its clients over the past 41 years.

“The City of Gloucester has long been committed to improving critical public infrastructure for the benefit of our residents,” Spencer concluded.  “This latest award is a continuation of that commitment, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on our community.”