The city of Bessemer is seeking input from residents and businesses within a proposed Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area, or NRSA.
The Economic and Community Development Department conducted a virtual public meeting to provide Bessemer residents with information on the proposed NRSA on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 6 p.m. The meeting was conducted by the Community Development Department and ASK Development Solutions, Inc.
The city is preparing an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, for a section of the city to be designated as an NRSA. An NRSA is described as a planning tool communities can use to target Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG funds, to a specific area. The designation is designed to address housing and economic opportunity needs for long-term community improvements. HUD gives communities flexibility in the use of grant funds within a designated NRSA. It is also a tool to attract and leverage private and other government funding.
In addition, residents and businesses within the designated NRSA are encouraged to complete the attached survey, which can be found at the following link. The surveys will help identify needs and priorities within the designated NRSA boundaries:
The boundary of the proposed NRSA is below. The NRSA boundary includes 12th Avenue North to the west, 35th Street North to the north, 22nd Street North/South to the south, and Dartmouth Avenue to the east.