Mahan: Marion receives $350K grant to help clear blight

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, October 12, 2017 3:36 pm

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 12, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Marion a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant for local projects, according to State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City).

Mahan said Marion will use this grant to clear and demolish the former Dan Mar Apartment Building on Third Street and replace it with a green space. This project is a part of the Marion 2030 Comprehensive Plan/Central Marion Revitalization Plan.

“With continued investments, Marion will be able to attract new jobs and additional residents,” Mahan said. “Already, we are seeing employers choose our community to set-up shop, boosting our local economy. I look forward to seeing this project completed and the other efforts Marion has planned to improve quality of place. 

Mahan said more than $15 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 31 rural communities through the program. Local, rural communities applied for these grants across five programs including blight clearance programs, main street revitalization programs, public facilities programs, stormwater improvement programs and wastewater drinking water programs.  

An additional round of block grants is available, with proposals due Dec. 1, 2017, and final applications due Feb. 9, of next year. Visit www.in.gov/ocra for more information.

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State Rep. Kevin Mahan represents House District 31, which includes

Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.

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