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Cornelius creates neighborhood nature

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center wins $322,234 grant

Metro, the regional government, has awarded the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center a $322,234 Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant.

Virginia Garcia will partner with the City of Cornelius, Adelante Mujeres, Centro Cultural, Verde and the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve to transform an alley outside its Cornelius Wellness Center into a linear parkway, according to Roberta Alstadt, communications officer with Metro.

'The former alley will feature native plants, porous paving and on-site stormwater management,' said Alstadt, and include 'exhibits highlighting the area's ecological, cultural and historical significance. It will serve as a model for adjacent landowners and the city's vision for a transformed downtown.'

Total cost of the project, located at 85 N. 12th St., is estimated at $1.2 million.

Metro also awarded 16 other grants to Washington County projects, totaling $1.6 million, through its Natural Areas Program, funded by a 2006 voter-approved bond measure, supports efforts to preserve or enhance natural features and habitats that benefit communities.