Grundy Center is awarded $500,000 downtown revitalization grant

Two of the building owners participating in the block grant program, DeeGene McMartin (left) and John Schuller (right) are shown in front of their downtown buildings, which will be rehabbed with the help of the CDBG Downtown Revitalization Grant. 

GRUNDY CENTER – For more than a year now, the City of Grundy Center has been working with Main Street Grundy Center and downtown building owners to prepare and submit an application for a Community Development Block Grant that would help revitalize the downtown area.

After months of waiting to hear back on the application, the Iowa Economic Development Authority announced late last week that the City of Grundy Center’s application for the CDBG grant has been approved, and the city’s been awarded $500,000 for the downtown revitalization project that will renovate the facades of 12 historic buildings on Main Street.

“We’re really excited about this because it has the potential to help rehab some storefronts downtown,” said Main Street Grundy Center director Bobbi Finarty. “Part of our mission, as a Main Street organization, is to help revitalize the downtown area, both in economic activity and business, but also in appearances. We want to make it a place that people want to come do business, shop, eat, and be entertained. And this is a really great opportunity to make that happen.”

For the full story, see this week's Grundy Register.