Beatrice Awaits Funding, For Downtown Projects

BEATRICE –  Now that public input has been taken, local officials in Beatrice are hoping a phase-two community development block grant will be coming to the city to undertake downtown redevelopment.

City Attorney Greg Butcher says getting up to $375,000 in state funding, is the next stage.    Serving as a grant writer for the city, Butcher says the process leading up to this application has seemed easier than the first time a redevelopment project was undertaken, which resulted in the 5th Street renovation.

:28                  “proud to see it”

A committee will put together details of a plan in which eligible businesses can apply for assistance for improving the face of their downtown district building.

:38                  “of the committee”

A committee will be appointed to apply rules for a building façade improvement program and to judge applications.   Butcher says those applications that also propose more extensive work, could weigh more favorably.

:24                  “contributing factor”

Officials are hoping this year’s designation of a significant part of the downtown as a National Historic District, will help in the form of state and federal tax credits for projects.

:15                  “of these buildings”

In addition to building front improvements, public infrastructure, attracting new business to the downtown area and having a common events area were seen as priorities in the public surveying process.