12 THE POST-STANDARD, Feb. 11,1970 I Million Assured for f mn By MAURICE D. LEE A "windfall" of $9.4 million of federal funds for restructuring the vast Syracuse Hill neighborhood area yes- Â· terday was announced, by Mayor Lee ' Alexander at a hurriedly called press conference at City Hall. Alexander was advised of the grant by U.S. Senators Charles Goodell and Jacob Javits, who have worked closely with urban renewal officials to get the "hill" neighborhood development project approved on the 1 Washington, D.C., front. They said in their announcement , the grant of actually $9,422,425 and loan of $10,378,675 to Syracuse will make possible the acquisition of 91 parcels of land, clearance' of 113 structures and relocation of 36 families who face displacement because of y renewal plans. The area involved in the uplift project is bounded by Interstate Route 81, Erie Boulevard E. and the Syracuse University campus. The announcement of the grant that will be used to rehabilitate a sizable section of the city followed receipt earlier in the day of a $2.5 million grant to aid the Model Cities project. The mayor who was joined by Ur- b a n Improvement Commissioner John W. Hildebrandt for the conference related how the money for the "hill" project would be used to revitalize an area on which urban renewal officials have been working for some time. Ultimately, with another $6 million reserved for a further expansion, the whole over-all project will approximate $20 million of federal funds. Important about first stage use of money assured by federal government, the mayor said, will be the clearance of 113 buildings tabbed as substandard. Thirty-six relocations arepjanned. In the 335-acre site, Alexander said, a new postoffice will be constructed at Erie Boulevard E. and Teall, Avenue at a cost of from $3 to .5 million. This much has been reserved for construction on a 15-acre site. Hildebrandt said that new housing in the area will be one of the more important projects embodied in the "hill" renewal program. He said other aspects include institutional expansion that will benefit Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital and Syracuse Uni. versity to a degree. A limited amount of rehabilitation will be undertaken, Hildebrant said. ' But the 1,000 new units of housing Project be of far greater interest and will serve to close the gap somewhat on the need for more housing the city faces. The mayor told newsmen at the conference the city has been striving for eight years to improve downtown and concentrating much of its interest on this revitalization. He spoke of the possibility of adding another 91 acres to the "hill" redevelopment when additional funds are assured. The expectations are that the renewal plan can begin as early as April, with the first flow of money into the city provided in the initial grant, Hildebrandt said.