Trumbull County awaits grant approval
HUBBARD -- Trumbull County officials say approval of their application for a $400,000 state grant is all that stands in the way of plans to revitalize the city's downtown area.
City and county officials are hoping to focus beautification efforts on the downtown section of North Main Street from the center of town to the railroad tracks and a small section of East Liberty Street first.
Improving the look
Alan Knapp of the Trumbull County Planning Commission said the $400,000 state grant is designated for aesthetic improvements to downtown buildings and will be distributed to business owners in the targeted area. Officials want the money to be used mostly for outside curb-appeal improvements.
The county must have the grant application to the state by Oct. 4
Knapp said the county must show that at least 20 percent of the 84 businesses in that area will participate in the renovation program to get the grant. He said there are 35 projects ready to participate -- more than the state minimum.
Business owners must pay 50 percent of the renovation cost. The grant would cover the other 50 percent.
Officials said the 35 projects have exhausted the potential $400,000 grant pool. Anyone interested in participating in the project now would be placed on an alternate list and contacted if someone drops out of the program.