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Rockford, IA — A new grant is looking to help rural towns throughout Iowa take care of derelict buildings.
One in Rockford is being supported by the “DNR Derelict Building” grant program designed to get rid of asbestos, and tear down abandoned buildings. In return, businesses in the area benefit from the extra space and a new look for the town.
One DNR officer tells us, the change is needed.
“We’re working with rural communities either cities or counties that have a population of 5,000 or under and we’re helping them address any sort of issues they might have with abandoned or derelict buildings in their towns or counties,” said Scott Flagg, Iowa DNR Representative.
The program awards grants to 19 small, rural Iowa towns to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures and they say the best part is that they do it the right way.
“Not only do we kind of take care of maybe a building that’s causing a public health or safety hazard, but also prevent that material from going to the landfill by diverting it through other sources,”
Rockford is still in the process of finalizing plans about what buildings will actually be coming down, but a decision is expected soon.