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City braces for higher construction costs, including public works building and potentially the new homeless shelter 

Concerns about ballooning construction costs for the city’s homeless services center and low barrier shelter prompted the city council to hold off on finalizing a plan Tuesday for spending its $23.8 million in federal American Recovery Plan Act funds.

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Parks and city beautification make the cut in council’s top 5 priorities for spending Rescue Plan Act funds

After months of public meetings and discussions, the Harrisonburg City Council landed on five main priorities for spending more than $20 million in federal funds and will now task city staff with vetting specific projects. 

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Council aims for ‘greatest impact’ with ARPA funds. Meanwhile, upcoming events will divert traffic.

The city council unanimously approved applications for several upcoming events in Harrisonburg, and some involve road closures, so even if you don’t plan to attend, they might affect you as you drive around town. 

A new fire station, a homeless shelter, Northeast Neighborhood improvements — council makes more picks for ARPA priorities

While the Harrisonburg City Council plans to collect community input before finalizing how to spend $23.8 million in federal recovery funds, council members on Tuesday pointed to specific projects they’d like to see at the top of the list, including a year-round low-barrier homeless shelter, a new fire station and infrastructure improvements in the Northeast Neighborhood. 

Parks, childcare and the Northeast Neighborhood top council’s funding priorities

Making improvements to the Northeast Neighborhood, funding childcare programs and upgrading parks and recreation facilities topped city council members’ priority list for how to use the $23.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds Harrisonburg will receive. 

City and school division bank on federal funds to restart high school project, make up for revenue decline

Money that Congress approved last month to help local communities in the wake of the pandemic could help restart construction on the new Harrisonburg high school soon and is expected to fill revenue holes in the city’s budget. Money from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law in March, could reach Harrisonburg in the coming weeks in time to resume building the high school even before the city approves its budget for the coming year, said Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Michael Richards.

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