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Grant approved for BP façade master plan

Belle Plaine officials have learned the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) has approved the city’s application for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBD) for its façade master plan.

City administrator Bill Daily said Monday, “This will enable us to invest this public monies on the facades of buildings on 12th Street between Seventh and Ninth Avenue. In order to do this, before any money is spent, we will have to secure temporary easements on the facade from the property owners. Within the application we had 29 property owners sign letters of commitment on 36 facades. If the improvements we are proposing meet the owners’ satisfaction, they will have to give us a seven-year temporary easement. No easement - no improvements. This is the one and only grant for this type of project in the State of Iowa.”

Some time ago, Belle Plaine was approved for a $100,000 DNR Green Storm Water Grant to make storm water improvements in the project area in a more environmentally friendly manner. The city also has a $513,000 Vision Iowa CAT grant pending for signage, cultural and historical elements within the Downtown Revitalization Project.

Belle Plaine also has a $250,000 Brownfields application in to address a couple dilapidated buildings in downtown.

Belle Plaine is also preparing to submit an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. This would be for proposed LED lighting in the Downtown Revitalization Project.







UPDATED February 17, 2010 11:14 AM

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