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Calle Fortaleza to get $3.8 million upgrade

Housing Secretary William Rodríguez Rodríguez

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia, accompanied by Housing Secretary William Rodríguez Rodríguez and San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo, announced on Thursday the start of work on improvements and revitalization of the infrastructure of Calle Fortaleza with an investment of $3.8 million.

“This project designed, planned and financed with the allocation of more than $1 billion that we made of CDBG-DR [Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery] funds for rehabilitation projects in urban centers and of municipal infrastructure through the City Revitalization Program, or ‘City-Rev,’ is already having a significant impact on the quality of life of our people and will multiply in terms of socioeconomic impact in each municipality of the island,” Pierluisi said at a press conference. “Since I began as governor, I have been emphatic that we have to streamline and take advantage of all the federal funds that we have available, imparting a great sense of urgency to everyone in my team aimed at getting us to put these monies to work for our people in each of their towns.”

The housing secretary added that “our approach has been to streamline the processes so that both the municipalities and the subrecipients of CDBG-DR funds can initiate projects that will promote the recovery of Puerto Rico.”

“In the case of the City Revitalization program, we achieved a greater allocation for the municipalities so that they can continue with the reconstruction process,” Rodríguez Rodríguez said. “I acknowledge the effort of the San Juan Municipality team led by Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo in achieving this first project under the program that will undoubtedly benefit both the residents of Old San Juan and the hundreds of visitors we receive every day.”

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