2014-07-02 / Front Page

Flora is on list to receive Downtown Enhancement Grant

Comet staff report

Flora is among ten Hoosier communities that will receive grants for downtown revitalization projects. The announcement was made Tuesday by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.

The ten grants total $95,312.00. With the communities matching $178,515.50 in addition to the grant funds, the total project costs amount to $273,827.50. These State grants are funded through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).

Flora Main Street/Flora Community Club will receive a Downtown Enhancement Grant (DEG) in the amount of $10,000 for a façade improvement program

“Reviving and enhancing our downtowns are important elements in an economic development strategy,” said Ellspermann. “With these grants, Indiana Main Street communities can undertake projects that will make a big impact on their local downtown districts.”

The DEG program is designed to foster innovative approaches to downtown development activities, which support and promote community partnerships, projects, and programs to revitalize the downtown area.

“Our next step will be to notify building owners about the façade improvement application process and what it will entail,” Flora Main Street representative Melissa Bishop said. “A meeting will be set for that purpose.”

Indiana Main Street is a statewide program that encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Hoosier cities and towns. The program is administered by OCRA.

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