Scott announces funds for two Clayton projects

From Staff Reports

U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) recently announced that $850,000 in funding for two projects will be coming to Clayton County as part of the 2010 federal budget.

Scott's office, in a statement, said $350,000 has been earmarked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget for the Clayton County Alzheimer's Services Center's expansion project.

Janice Coye, executive director of the center, which is often referred to as CLASS, said the nonprofit will be moving to a new, larger facility with nearly twice the space of the agency's current facility on Ga. Highway 85 in Riverdale. The federal funding, she said, will help the agency continue to provide, and expand, its adult day-care services.

The new facility, she said, will be nearly 12,000 square feet, and will provide space to offer exercise facilities and accommodate some overnight stays.

She said the agency anticipates moving into the facility, on Mt. Zion Circle in Morrow, sometime in February.

Scott also announced that $500,000 has been earmarked for a project to widen Anvil Block Road.

The project will widen the road from the end of its current five-lane section, east of Interstate 675, to Bouldercrest Road. The money was earmarked in the U.S. Department of Transportation budget.

"I am pleased to help Clayton County improve healthcare and transportation with two big projects," Scott said in a statement. "Facilities like CLASS help a growing aging population. They need to grow to accommodate the demands in Clayton County. Also, traffic is a major problem in Clayton County. The widening at Anvil Block Road will help alleviate one of the area's bottlenecks."