TIFTON — The City of Tifton announced it received a state Community Development Block Grant for construction of a youth center in the Matt Wilson neighborhood.

There was some question about the city being eligible for the grant due to ongoing service delivery negotiations with the county but City Manager Pete Pyrzenski announced the grant at the Sept. 8 Tifton City Council workshop.

“This is the catalyst that we were waiting for to set a new standard for this community,” he said in a statement. “This is a definite win for Tifton and we are really proud.”

Council member Johnny Terrell, who represents the district, said he is excited to see the project move forward.

“This is my district and I am so excited to make this come true,” he said. “We’ve been looking at the same thing (in the area) for the past 60 years and now all of a sudden you can feel the excitement that there is something new to look at and use for our community.”

“The urban redevelopment area is high on our priority list for this council,” Mayor Julie Smith in a statement. “It’s a long time coming and it’s an affirmation that we are moving in the right direction. It’s the first step of a lot of good things to come for this area. The success of one neighborhood is the success of our entire town.”

Tifton is one of 58 Georgia communities to be awarded a GDBG grant this year.

The total project cost is $911,207, with $750,000 being awarded through the grant, city officials said in the statement. Tifton will be awarded the funding in October with a tentative timeline for the build released later.

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