Downtown buildings to get face lift

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Chad Thompson

A dozen facades on downtown buildings in Fort Dodge will be the target of rehabilitation efforts by the city thanks to $500,000 worth of funding through the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Fort Dodge was one of 29 communities in the state that were awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for community development and housing rehabilitation projects.

The city, in partnership with Main Street Fort Dodge, applied for the federally funded grants in May. Officials were notified Tuesday of the results.

“Strategic investments in Iowa’s smaller communities via these federal funds ensure all areas of our state are developing and advancing,” said Debi Durham, IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority director. “As a result of these projects, thousands of Iowans will see rehabilitated housing, new community facilities and exciting enhancements in their downtowns.”

Maggie Murray, the senior city planner, said facades will be improved on 12 buildings located in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Central Avenue and adjacent side streets.

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