Queen Creek residents are being asked their opinions about which improvements would be bestfor downtown development.
The town is readying to submit a list of projects it would like to accomplish over the next five years to the Maricopa County Community Development Advisory Committee. The committee allows cities and towns to apply for grant funds to accomplish some of those projects each year, said Tim Lithgow, a management assistant in Queen Creek's Parks and Recreation Department.
Queen Creek is hosting a community meeting Thursday to gather input from residents, and it has a survey available online.
The grant money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is doled out by the county, Lithgow said. As a result, the projects must help low- to moderate-income people and special populations.
Most of Queen Creek has a high socioeconomic level, so the town has set up a redevelopment area covering a little more than half of the Town Center that qualifies for funds, Lithgow said.
A new list of priorities has to be sent to the county every five years. As Queen Creek compiles its list, it wants to know where residents think the money should go, Lithgow said.
Residents are asked to fill out a survey asking which populations, including the homeless, domestic violence victims and the elderly, should have priority, and if there are any suggestions for specific improvements.
The town received funds for several projects over the years, including the fire station in downtown Queen Creek and the youth center at Founders Park, Lithgow said. Most recent grants have been for sidewalk improvements.
Individual grants have varied over the years from $15,000 to $272,000, according to a project list provided by the town.
The town received $4.2 million in community grants since 1978. That includes $453,000 since 2005.