Grant will help Ottumwa improve downtown buildings

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A grant will help Ottumwa improve the look of buildings on a downtown block.

The Ottumwa Courier reported ( ) Tuesday the Iowa Economic Development Authority gave the city conditional approval for a $500,000 grant for the estimated $1.1 million project. Other funding will come from the city, the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation and property owners.

Ottumwa plans to make improvements to 16 of 18 building facades on a block within 18 to 24 months of receiving the grant. Two years ago, the block was designated a slum and blight area.

Planning and Development Director Nick Klimek calls it “virtually a complete face-lift for the 300 block of East Main Street.”

Work already has begun to improve some facades, and ultimately officials say 93 percent of the properties will be renovated.


Information from: The Ottumwa Courier,

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