A $300,000 state grant received by Marion for a collection of LoDo beautification projects is an example of the collaboration that Downtown Marion Inc. set as one of its primary goals for 2015, Nissa Stump said.
Downtown Marion representatives Stump, the group’s manager, and Vaughn Sizemore, the group’s community development consultant, provided an overview of the 501(c)(3), whose mission is to revitalize the city’s downtown, to Marion Rotary Club on Tuesday.
“We are making great strides in downtown Marion,” said Stump, who began as the group’s manager in April.
In addition to collaboration, the organization’s primary goals are increasing occupancy of vacant buildings, 80 percent of ground floors and 60 percent of second floors, and communication and improving financial stability, she said.
A recent positive development, Sizemore said, was the announcement made by Mayor Scott Schertzer’s office on Monday that the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Development notified the city that it was awarding a $300,000 competitive grant award for the Lower Downtown of Marion neighborhood revitalization project.