$30M grant for Foote Homes hangs in balance of Lipscomb investig - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

$30M grant for Foote Homes hangs in balance of Lipscomb investigation

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Congressman Steve Cohen said Robert Lipscomb's scandal reached the nation's Capitol.

"I've got a call in to the secretary to try to assure him that everything in Memphis is good," Cohen said.

Lipscomb was in charge of trying to secure a $30 million grant to demolish and rebuild the Foote Homes neighborhood. Now, that project hangs in the balance.

"We were going into it before all this occurred with the likelihood of getting it," Cohen added. "Hopefully, we will get that. That would be major for Memphis. It's something Mayor Wharton and I have been working on for a long time."

Cohen and Lipscomb were also working on a program to bring federal incentives to impoverished areas of Memphis.

"In the long run, we want a Promise Zone designation, but that won't be until next year," Cohen explained.

Cohen said Lipscomb had been talking to him about retiring for more than a year.

"I think this precipitated what would have happened with his retirement," Cohen added. "It's just not the way he-- I wish he had retired last year."

On a more personal note, Cohen added, "I just know it's got to be a very difficult, difficult time for Robert, and hopefully people who are his friends will reach out to him and show support."

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