$30K grant allowing residences could stimulate downtown economy

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 04:27 PM.

Any money the city spends on projects under the grant is reimbursable, he said. The city does not have to reimburse the state for the grant.


The city's proposal for a $30,000 Community Planning Technical Assistance Grant from the state Department of Economic Development involves these components:

• Create a zoning district and regulations tailored for downtown

• Create a Future Land Use category in the city's comprehensive plan to be imposed on the downtown district

• Prepare language to include a new vehicle and pedestrian circulation plan in the comprehensive plan.

The grant, if approved, expires May 31, 2014. Then, property owners can decide whether they want to put residential units in their buildings.

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