Four Northwest Ohio communities to benefit from state grantsWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Northwest Ohio communities, including Maumee, received grants totaling $1.56 million from the Ohio Department of Development on Sept. 20. The grants were for programs that aid disabled Ohioans and assist with community infrastructure projects.
The City of Maumee will receive $200,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Discretionary Program to assist in the rehabilitation of the Artcrest Building in Uptown Maumee. Sunshine Inc. of Northwest Ohio will expand its art studio, craft goods and retail space in the building upon completion. The support services provided by Sunshine will benefit 20 disabled adults served by the agency.
The City of Findlay will receive $260,000 from the CDBG Community Economic Development Loan and Public Infrastructure Program. The grant will enable Beer Barrel Inc. to purchase equipment for a Beer Barrel Pizza and Grill located in the City of Findlay. The Beer Barrel project is expected to create 60 jobs, of which 42 are designated for low-to-moderate income individuals. Beer Barrel currently operates two restaurants located in Lima and St. Mary’s.
“These two projects represent the variety of services we provide communities, supporting in job creation and programs for our most vulnerable citizens,” Christiane Schmenk, director of the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), stated in a press release. “Strong communities are essential for economic growth.”
The ODOD’s Office of Community Development also announced $1.4 million in grants awarded to the Village of Fayette in Fulton County and the Village of McClure in Henry County through the CDBG Residential Public Infrastructure Grant Program.
Henry County will receive $500,000 to connect the Village of McClure to the county’s wastewater system. The project, which will construct one water storage tank and install 14,800 linear feet of waterline, is estimated to cost $2,353,769 and benefit 345 households.
The Village of Fayette will receive $600,000 toward a project to separate the sanitary and storm sewers. The project will install or reline approximately 46,671 linear feet of sewer line at a total estimated cost of $7,410,000 and will benefit 497 households.
“One of the cornerstones of a strong community is safe and reliable infrastructure,” Schmenk, stated in the press release. “Access to reliable water sources improves the lives of residents and makes a community more attractive for economic development.”