City of Greeley and Naranjo Civil Constructors celebrated the success of the 5th Street Project with a ribbon cutting Monday, Nov. 28.
This summer, crews removed old, damaged, and outdated sidewalks and built new concrete sidewalks, curbs, and gutters along 5th Street between 14th and 23rd avenues.
Business owners, residents, and staff from Billie Martinez Elementary School attended the ribbon cutting and celebrated the improvements to the neighborhood.
“I really want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone,” said Public Works Director Paul Trombino. “I can’t thank the team enough. The work the city and Naranjo staff did to improve this important corridor and work with the neighborhood through this construction helped make this project so successful.”
“We were honored to be selected to build the work for the program, and we sincerely appreciate the cooperation the residents of 5th offered to us,” said Naranjo Civil Constructors President Jerry Naranjo. “We know that many families in this area were impacted during construction.”
Naranjo Civil Constructors also extended the ribbon cutting celebration to Billie Martinez Elementary School, whose students and families live along 5th Street and will benefit from the new, safe path to school.
The company brought a mini excavator and a dump truck to the school for the student to see and gave each of the school's 21 classrooms a bag of books for students to use at school. Naranjo also donated two computers to the school.
"We want to thank Naranjo and the city of Greeley for the books and computers, as well as creating a safe walking path to school for many of our students," said Billie Martinez Principal Monica Draper.
The 5th Street construction project was funded by the Keep Greeley Moving program and the Greeley Urban Renewal Authority.
Keep Greeley Moving
Keep Greeley Moving (KGM) is a voter-approved seven-year 0.65 percent sales tax providing funding to improve and repair Greeley roads. The KGM program includes concrete repair and maintenance. KGM also fixes and improves neighborhood roads, arterial, and collector streets, and expands key arterial roadways in Greeley.
In 2021, voters renewed the tax, and the KGM program, for another seven years—2023 through 2029.
Greeley Urban Renewal Authority
The Greeley Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) administers the city’s federal grants from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provide funding for a wide range of housing and neighborhood assistance activities, particularly benefiting low-to-moderate-income residents and neighborhoods.