Lorain County Board of Commissioners Award 4 Grants to Downtown Amherst Building Owners
The Lorain County Commissioners award four grants totaling $15,623.24 to building owners in the Historic District of Downtown Amherst as Part of the Community Development Block Grant Set-Aside Downtown Revitalization program. These grants were match dollar for dollar by the building owners, resulting in $31,246.48 invested to preserve and improve these buildings in downtown Amherst.
The grants awarded will assist building owners with code compliance and façade improvements. To date 14 building owners have taken advantage of the grant program using $89,908.94 in grant funds matched by $128,130.64 for a total investment of $218,039.58 in downtown Amherst.
These funds were awarded as part of the Program year 2015 grant known as the “Set-Aside” portion of the Community Development Block Grant program and it is a two year grant period. Downtown Revitalization funds are part of a statewide competitive grant application process and Lorain County was one of only four communities funded. The Board of Commissioners made application for $300,000 in collaboration with the city of Amherst and Mainstreet Amherst. The award was one of only nine Statewide.
Grant funds have also been used to improve parking in the downtown to maintain its vibrancy as job, dining and entertainment center within the County. “A prosperous County requires vibrant places. The cooperation and collaboration that the City, Mainstreet, and County Government have in place will keep Amherst as a vibrant place that can attract visitors and serve our residents.”, said Commissioner Matt Lundy.