Developing A Historic Downtown

Main street improvement loans/grants decided. The Plattsmouth City Council approved the last round of requests from downtown business building owners who wanted to use Community Development Block Grant money to improve the fronts of their structures.

The Cassgram reports the total dollars requested were greater than the amount left in the grant/loan funding but the city council authorized that about $13,000 of the city’s unused matching money (from the new restroom facility in the city parking lot) and about $40,000 in economic development money (from city sales tax collections) be directed to the façade loan/grant program. The annual city budget had to be amended to accomplish that.

The additional $53,000 means that the façade loan/grant program to building owners totaled $388,000.

The final allocations went for the fronts of buildings at 122 South 6th Street, 522/526 Main Street, 521 Main Street, 402 Main Street and 518/520 Main Street.

The council also granted an extension for the work to be completed for the façade on 527-545 Main (the Dovey Building). A CDBG allocation of $47,755 was approved by the city in June of last year but paperwork on other historic and energy assistance requests took several months and held the project up. With the extension, the façade work is to be completed by September 13th.

The last day of the CDBG obligation deadline was yesterday. City Administrator Erv Portis said the Nebraska Department of Economic Development was willing to grant a contract extension so the post-obligation work on finalizing the CDBG program could continue. The council formally requested the contract extension.

The building improvements must be completed by mid-September.

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