A community of neighbors — businesses and property owners — was integral to LoDo, the Lower Downtown of Marion, receiving a $300,000 grant from the state, said Mayor Scott Schertzer and Evelyn Warr-Cummings, city/county regional planning assistant director.
“It did help,” Warr-Cummings said, on Monday, referring to the coalition of local residents, business owners and a church who’ve been working together on various projects to improve the appearance of their neighborhood. “They like to see evidence that the neighborhood actually was actively involved. Because (LoDo meets) so much and been doing different projects like Paint the Town, collaborating with the Church of the Nazarene, collaborating with Habitat for Humanity …, this area was getting a lot of overlap. It seemed like infrastructure improvement could make a big difference.”
The Office of Community Development, a division of the Ohio Development Services Agency, announced that 35 top ranking proposals were being awarded a total of $9,698,000 through the 2015 Community Development Set-Aside Program, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.
The five projects included in the grant are to receive grant money as follows: $12,000, repair of the recreation center roof; $60,000, repair of retaining wall around property at Church and Orchard streets at the rear of the former Eagles aerie; $70,000, repair of brick street on Holmes Street; $80,000, demolition of a vacant fire-damaged multi-unit property at 219-221 Blaine Ave.; $118,000, replacing of sidewalk on Blaine Avenue and Garden, Orchard and Church streets, Warr-Cummings said.