FLORENCE — Almost $1 million has been spent in west Florence in three years in an effort to open the isolated community to commerce and to the downtown hub, but the biggest and most expensive part of the plan is not yet funded.
In 2009, the City Council began approving allocations that have removed derelict houses, cleared overgrown trees and bushes, improved lighting, and rebuilt cracked and broken sidewalks. Much of the money has been drawn from federal Housing and Urban Development funds the city receives each year.
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