Over the past year, City staff, alongside their partners, completed the extensive application process for Federal funds through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).
Today the EDA announced that they are awarding the City of Vallejo with a $960,000 grant to conduct an infrastructure study of Mare Island. An additional $540,000 to match the grant is funded by the Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District and Southern Land / Nimitz Group for a total of $1.5M.
“Ensuring that we strengthen and rebuild our infrastructure for the needs of our 21st Century economy is a top priority of mine, and I’m excited to join with the Economic Development Administration to announce $960,000 in Federal funding to boost infrastructure investments on Mare Island,” said Congressman Mike Thomson (CA-05).
The grant will allow the City to contract with a third-party engineering firm that will assess the current infrastructure on the island, such as sewer, water, storm drainage, roadways, and electrical infrastructure. Once the assessment is complete, the engineering firm will provide the City with a status report that will open up opportunities for more federal grant funding to improve the island’s infrastructure and prepare the island for redevelopment.
“This is a massive step in the right direction for the future redevelopment of Mare Island. It has taken some time for us to get to this point, but now with this funding, the community’s vision for Mare Island is within reach, and it’s exciting,” said Interim Assistant City Manager Gillian Hayes.
The City would like to thank its Planning, Economic Development, Public Works, and Water Department staff, along with the Vallejo Flood and Waste Water District, Southern Land, Nimitz Group, and TFG partners, for their collaboration on producing a successful application to the EDA.
A request for proposals seeking a qualified engineering firm to conduct the assessment is expected to be released sometime in early Spring of 2022.
To read the EDA’s press release, click here.