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Federal Grant helps Quincy build housing for disabled residents

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

So many times we see buildings being torn down or vacated on the North side of Quincy, but thanks to a federal grant, the city is building a complex AT 515 North 5th Street.  The grant comes from the Neighbor Stabilization Program in hopes of revitalizing foreclosed and abandoned properties.  

This building will house 4 one-bedroom apartments.  The complex is designed for low income, disabled residents, but most importantly, neighbors are thankful to see something new going up in their part of the city.

Nancy Sanders lives near the new apartment complex going up on north 5th street.  And she says it's desperately needed. 

 "Oh it's really refreshing to see something built other than a bunch of trash going down because we need fresh stuff here in Quincy," Sanders said.  

It doesn't get more fresh than a building that just started construction a month ago.  The city was able to build this complex through a $1.9 million federal grant, but Executive Director of West Central Illinois Center for Independent Living Glenda Hackemack had doubts the project would ever happen. 

"This grant originally came several years ago and it's one of those things you start to wonder if it's ever going to happen. So we are just thrilled to know that they're actually up," she said. 
Every unit is ADA accessible, and while there are only four apartments, Hackemack said they'll make a huge difference. 
"Well every unit we can acquire in Quincy is going to help. No matter how small or how many. So what we're hoping for is that this whole project that has come from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, some of that money will be able to be turned around and we'll be able to get more units built and get more accessible housing," she said.  

And Sanders hopes this is a new start for her neighborhood on the city's north west side. 

"I think they are trying to clean up the city and with what they took out of here, it will make the property more valuable cause that was a mess," Sanders said.

I'm told construction will only take an additional four to six weeks before being completed and people can start moving in June 1st. 

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