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Greenwood gets grant to study building facades

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Greenwood has gotten its first grant toward giving downtown building facades a facelift.

The city can use the $40,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs to hire HWC Engineering to make construction plans and work with local businesses to decide which buildings to include in the facade rehab program. The city also will apply for a $400,000 construction grant.

The buildings being considered for exterior repairs that could funded by the construction grant are limited to a four-block area around Main Street and Madison Avenue.

All of the businesses in that area so far would like to participate in the program. The buildings under consideration include the Van Valer building and Grafton Peek Reception Hall, according to Restore Old Town Greenwood member Chuck Landon. The organization promotes projects to revitalize Greenwood’s old downtown.

He said the city would have to compete with other communities for the construction grant, and some cities have taken two or three tries before they’ve gotten the grant. The city will apply for the construction grant in early 2015, he added.

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