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N.H. Executive Council green-lights $400,000 federal grant for Concord Family YMCA

The Concord Family YMCA is getting a $400,000 federal grant to replace the broken heating, cooling and ventilation system in one of its buildings.

The Executive Council yesterday approved the grant, which came from the federal Community Development Block Grant program through the state’s Community Development Finance Authority.

Merrimack County sought the emergency grant on behalf of the YMCA, 15 N. State St., after the heating and air conditioning system in its Firehouse Building failed last winter.

The building houses a day care program serving 153 children, with 57 percent from low- and moderate-income families, according to a report from the authority. Without repairing or replacing the system, the day care center would have to shut down, the report said.

The YMCA is aiming to complete the project around the beginning of 2014, said Executive Director Jim Doremus.

The council yesterday also approved other CDBG grants, including $355,000 for replacing water lines in Belmont and nearly $414,000 to relocate the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties’ Twin Rivers Intergenerational Program, or TRIP, center to part of the old Bessie Rowell School in Franklin.

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