State doubles downtown revitalization grant funding, gives priority to rural communities

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Oregon Parks and Recreation has opened up the grant application period for downtown revitalization projects.

The grants total 5 million dollars state-wide - double their offering last year - with priority going to rural communities.

The goal is to give property owners access to the resources they need to revitalize their historic districts, create job opportunities, and provide for more downtown residences.

Last year, Klamath Falls received 100,000 dollars to install elevators to create accessibility for upper floor housing.

"I think if you have a strong downtown, the rest of your community is that much stronger," says Sheri Stuart, Cooridnator of the Oregon Mainstreet Program, which runs the grants for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "I think it leads to increased community pride but it also impacts the ability to attract and retain jobs."

To apply for the funding, property owners must live in communities with a main street network member.

In Southern Oregon, that includes Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Brookings, Port Orford, Bandon, Coos Bay, Brookings, Gold Beach, Myrtle Creek, Myrtle Point, Reedsport, and Coquille.

Applications are due on March 8th, and selections will be made in May. Contact your local main street network member to apply.


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