(Stanton) – The Town of Stanton has received a substantial financial boost for its downtown revitalization project.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded its latest round of block grants for community development, with Stanton being one of the recipients. In a press release, the city said it had received just over $ 445,000 for its downtown revitalization project through the Development Authority. Stanton’s director of community development, Jenna Ramsey, said the project includes eight buildings in downtown Stanton, all of which will undergo unique renovations.
“Every building is different, some are windows, some are facade canopies, paint, really anything that needs to be improved on the front facade,” Ramsey said. “We did a historic downtown study to look at what buildings looked like in the past, and that was one of the requirements of this block community development grant.”
Buildings include Underdog Design and Drawing, Old Gun Store at 318 Broad Avenue, Old Toy Store at 324 Broad Avenue, Old Stanton Senior Center at 326 Broad Avenue, Great Western Bank, Pershin Laundromat and Pershin Service.
Including local contributions and owners’ counterparts, the overall project total amounts to just over $ 762,000. Ramsey says the grant has been in the works for several months.
“We actually started last spring and we hired Curtis Architecture (and Design) in Oskaloosa, and they took over the design of the architecture, and then we applied in August and we got it. discovered recently, ”Ramsey said.
Ramsey says other grant donors include the Iowa West Foundation, the Ripple Effect Program, the Rural Innovation Grant, the Power of Connection, and the Montgomery County Foundation.
Ramsey also says this is just the last update downtown Stanton has received.
“A few years ago the town of Stanton received a catalyst grant and the Mason Building was remodeled, and since then other buildings have been remodeled by Farmers Mutual Telephone Company,” Ramsey said. “It just continues Stanton’s enthusiasm, enthusiasm and energy, if you will, to keep our downtown core moving forward and renovating.”
Ramsey says the hope is to sign a contractor over the winter months with work on the project starting in the spring of 2022.