The Parksley Town Council passed a resolution to authorize the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission to submit an application for a $700,000 Community Develop Block Grant at their regular monthly meeting Monday night.

The resolution followed a public hearing in which Curt Smith of the ANPDC outlined the goals of the grant which are to improve enhance and develop the downtown infrastructure, create and employ a marketing and branding strategy to establish Parksley as a destination for visitors and businesses and create a vibrant economic and community development culture for providing support to and investing in existing and new entrepreneurs, business and residents.

The plan will implement a program to address business facades that need work. Business can receive up to $10,000 to improve the appearance of their property with a 1 to 1 match from the property owners. This is also hoped will develop signature ally ways to connect the new library with the downtown area as well as a marketing research and branding program.

There is also a proposed bandshell entertainment and education area to support public entertainment and educational programs creating an additional destination for Parksley.

The $700,000 grant will be matched by $162,000 in local money by the town and businesses for the façade improvement and $8,750 for the ally way improvement program.   The $2,000,000 county contribution to the new library has also been credited as a match.

Curt Smith of ANPDC said that plan has received very positive feedback from the state. But Smith did say that the grants are very competitive.

The application will be submitted by March 31 and awards will be announced sometime in June.