Million dollar project advances in north Iowa

Downtown Forest City Forest City, IA

FOREST CITY, Iowa – The Downtown Revitalization Façade Project is moving forward in Forest city.

The million dollar project, which will make improvements to the exterior of downtown buildings, was just approved for final review at the State Historical Preservation Office.  City Manager, Malcolm Tilberg says that means they can now call for bids on the work.  A public hearing date on those bids has been scheduled for September 8.

Tilberg says the façade project began in 2013 and will utilize $500,000 in state funds, $200,000 from Forest City, $50,000 from the Hanson Foundation and $250,000 from 19 downtown property owners.  Construction should begin this fall and conclude by next June.

Among the building improvements will be tuck pointing, energy efficient windows and storefront awnings.

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