Current Projects

Economic Development Administration - Disaster Recovery (EDA)

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 116-20), which provided EDA with $600 million in additional funds for disaster relief and recovery for major disasters in 2018 and tornados and floods occurring in 2019. Please visit EDA's Disaster Supplemental webpage for more information.

The EDA will invest $1,500,000 to support the City of Jefferson with infrastructure projects at the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) Redevelopment Site. Once completed, the investment will create sites for new businesses, spur job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. This project will create 67 jobs and will leverage $27.8 million in private investment.
Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment Master Plan
EDA Grant Application
Grant Award Acceptance Presentation

Project Map

Missouri Department of Economic Development - ARPA Community Revitalization Grant
 The Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment Project (MSP) represents a tremendous opportunity to invest in Qualified Census Tract 207 by blending the rich and unique history of the site with the redevelopment of 23 acres that will bring investment to a strategically monitored neighborhood.

Project funding is vital in overcoming the unprecedented 34% increase in construction costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project includes:
1.  Asbestos abatement and demolition of Housing Unit 5, Saddletree Factory, corridor, and the wall (sections yet to be determined);
2. New wall/fencing to secure structures within the historic quadrangle;
3. Strategic rehabilitation/stabilization of remaining corridor; and
4. Connection points to the neighborhood (sidewalks, streetlights, etc.)

Application - Community Revitalization
Statement of Sources and Uses - Project Budget

Down Payment Assistance and Housing Counseling Training

The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (HCDA), authorized the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The program seeks to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low-and-moderate income persons.

In January and February 2023 the City of Jefferson’s CDBG Down Payment Assistance program was audited by HUD. It was determined that the City was not in compliance with HUD requirements for Housing Counseling and Lead-Based Paint Hazards.

Neighborhood Services Division Staff was joined by Paige Orscheln, HUD-Certified Housing Counselor, with Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri and Conrad Hake, Program Director, as well as, Sherry Wyss, HUD-Certified Housing Counselor with Love Columbia.

The training was recorded and you may view that recording via this link.

You may also view the following presentations at the links below:

City of Jefferson CDBG Down Payment Assistance & Housing Counseling Training

Paige Orscheln, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

Conrad Hake & Sherry Wyss, Love Columbia

CDBG-CV Child Care Assistance Program- Early Explorers Preschool Expansion
Early Explorers Preschool, 211 Oscar Drive, is proposing to expand the current preschool classroom and expand floor space. The preschool classroom will be expanded by approximately 576 sq. ft.

The Section 106 Review was sent to Tribes with an interest in Cole County. The Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office required a Phase I Cultural Resources Survey. The Phase I Cultural Resources Survey was conducted by Clark Sturdevant, ERC, LLC. After evaluation of the Phase I Cultural Resources Survey, Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office determined that they have no further concerns with this project.

Due to the current use of the building, a Brownfields Assessment was required. Terracon Consultants Inc. prepared the Brownfields Assessment report which recommended conducting a thorough asbestos survey prior to disturbance of suspect asbestos containing materials during planned renovation or building demolition. 

Triangle Environmental Science and Engineering Inc., conducted an asbestos inspection and found asbestos containing materials in the walls joint compound. Asbestos mitigation is required.

Links to the above mentioned reports are provided below.

Early Explorers Preschool Phase I Cultural Resources Survey Report
Early Explorers Preschool Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Early Explorers Preschool Asbestos Inspection Report

Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds 
On or about October 17, 2023 the City of Jefferson will submit a request to the HUD administering agency for the release of Community Development Block Grant CARES Act funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL93-383) to undertake the following project:

Project Title: Early Explorers Preschool: 

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to contract a new 2-story wood frame addition on the southwest side of the building. The proposed expansion will be approximately 576 square feet. Asbestos abatement of joint compound found in the walls is a conditional requirement for award.

Location: 211 Oscar Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Estimated Cost: $37,000

The entire Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (FONSI) may viewed by selecting this link.

The NOI/FONSI was posted in the following locations on Wednesday, September 27, 2023:
City of Jefferson Website
Office of the City Clerk for the City of Jefferson
Missouri River Regional Library
Jefferson City Public Housing Authority
El Puente Hispanic Ministries
Early Explorers Preschool 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the Environmental Review Record to the City of Jefferson, 320 E. McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101 or to   All comments received by October 16, 2023 will be considered by the City of Jefferson prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

CDBG-CV: Projects
The City of Jefferson received funding from the Missouri Department of Economic Development for three projects:

1. Compass Health Network’s Planning Project-The proposed project would include a feasibility study to examine the physical, social, and economic aspects of the identified areas for the development of affordable supportive housing within Census Tracts 105, 106, and 207 from which further studies and planning can be launched, market analysis including a focus on special needs and vulnerable populations, architectural planning for COVID-19 design into affordable supportive housing site-specific project plans and provide ongoing technical assistance for any zoning, ordinance, subdivision plat issues that may arise from a site-specific plan, engineering services to plan for site-specific infrastructure and greenspace needs in target areas, and development of CHDO to provide eligibility for additional funding. The total estimated cost for this project is $118,000. The City of Jefferson is applying on behalf of Compass Health Network for $100,000 of CDBG-CV funding. Documents available for viewing:
2. Transformational Housing’s Community Facility Project-this project will result in adequate and affordable rental housing for low-income residents. The proposed location for this project is 101 Jackson Street. This project will consist of restoring the 101 Jackson property. The City of Jefferson is applying on behalf of Transformational Housing for $544,000 of CDBG-CV funding.  Documents  available  for  viewing:
3. Cole County EMS Station

Historic Preservation Projects

1. West Main Phase II Survey
The City of Jefferson will hire a consultant to continue surveying the West Main Street area to identify and evaluate properties to understand where historic resources are located within the City. 

Additional Information:
Historic Preservation Fund Grant Application

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