GARNER, Iowa – Several downtown businesses in a North Iowa community have received a facelift, thanks to a grant that looks to revitalize buildings that are over 50 years old.
About a year ago, the city of Garner applied through the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a downtown revitalization grant.
The program helps rebuild storefronts and downtown buildings.
Garner was awarded $500,000 and the local city administrator says it was very beneficial to business owners.
“The property owner only had to pay 25% of the renovation costs, so you know for every dollar they put in, the city and grant donors put in three so they were pleased about that, no doubt, and it really gave them an opportunity to spend the limited amount of money, but have a maximum impact on the front exterior of their buildings, “says Randy Linsing.
The library in Garner is currently undergoing renovations thanks to a separate grant.
The work is expected to be completed in a few weeks.