Santa Monica Awarded the HUD/TIGER II Sustainable Communities Challenges Grant
The City was awarded one of the highly-competitive HUD/TIGER II Sustainable Communities Challenges grants in November, 2010. The $652,000 grant will be used for the Bergamot Area Plan (Bergamot Transit Village and the Mixed-Use Creative district) to achieve the 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) Vision for a high-quality, mixed-use creative arts/entertainment transit village around the new Expo Light Rail station.
The community-endorsed LUCE vision provided the perfect synergy between creating new housing, fostering creative arts, supporting local jobs and creating a community where walking, bicycling, and transit use can provide real reductions in greenhouse gases and combat climate change.
This grant cycle was a first-of-its-kind interdepartmental collaboration of federal agencies with the direction of President Obama that included HUD/DOT/NEA (Housing & Urban Development, Department of Transportation, and National Endowment for the Arts).
For more information on HUD and it's Sustainable Communities grant program, please visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities
On June 2nd, 2011, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan visited the Bergamot site to support the correlation between the LUCE vision and Federal goals for integrated housing, land use and circulation planning.