The installation of 405 LED street lights is underway in the Ensley Community Redevelopment Area, with a goal of enhancing safety and deterring crime in the community. The approximately $219,000 project is being paid for by Escambia County through Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Recurring annual energy costs will be funded by the Ensley CRA Tax Increment Financing. Work is being completed by Gulf Power and is expected to take 8-10 weeks.
In 2014, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners designated Ensley as a Community Redevelopment Area, or CRA, and approved the Ensley Redevelopment Plan in 2016. One of the action strategies from the plan is to implement physical improvements such as street lighting to improve pedestrian safety as well as the visual appearance of residential areas.
For a map of the street light project area, click here.