BEATRICE – Seventeen projects to improve downtown building fronts have been forwarded by Beatrice City officials for a second-tier environmental review.
The city council took that action on the pool of 27 applications for state redevelopment grant funding. The applications sought over $760,000, but the grant totals about $350,000.
City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the downtown area had already gone through an overall environmental assessment.
:17 “on these buildings”
This year, downtown Beatrice was named to the National Register of Historic Places. A committee appointed by the mayor narrowed the list of 27 grant applications to the 17 projects selected. They include buildings located along Court Street, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.
Tempelmeyer says it’s possible that some projects won’t qualify, or the owner decides not to endure federal requirements for receiving the grant money. Some applications that were not recommended for approval, could then move forward.
:11 “November one”
The applications recommended for approval involve property owners who are matching more than 25% of the cost. Property owners had to agree to match at least one-fourth of their façade improvement cost.
:30 “loan’s forgiven”
Loan agreements will come before elected officials as each project moves forward. The individual project environmental review process is expected to take about 45 days.
Committee members reviewing applications were Laureen Riedesul, Michael Sothan, Carol Schuster, Paul Whaley and Tempelmeyer.