Published January 3, 2006

Departing Gov. Mark Warner announced Tuesday an investment of $1.7 million for various community development projects throughout Southwest Virginia, including funds to hook up 180 homes to clean drinking water in Lee County.

According to data released Tuesday afternoon from Warner's office, the money will be derived from the federal Appalachian Regional Commission and be formally administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

Phase two of the Robbins Chapel water extension project in Lee County was awarded $300,000, which will aid in retiring the cost of an estimated $2.7 million project.

Approximately $50,000 of the funds awarded Tuesday will go to the Lonesome Pine Office on Youth based in Wise County, which will aid in the development of its "Alive" project, an educational enhancement for at-risk youth and musicians that is based upon the premise of the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail.

Other funding allotments announced by Warner on Tuesday include:

$250,000 to the University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy.

$400,000 to refurbish the wastewater treatment plant in the town of Haysi in Dickenson County.

$100,000 to St. Mary's Health Wagon Inc. for future operations.

$287,000 to the William King Regional Arts Center in Abingdon for its Cultural Campus Extension Project.