City of Lincoln receives $675,000 DCEO grant for downtown
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[January 18, 2012]
Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder announced
Tuesday evening that the city of Lincoln has received a grant
agreement from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity authorizing a $675,000 CDAP Flexible Opportunity grant
for the revitalization of downtown Lincoln.
The grant funding will be used for
Develop an overall
downtown revitalization plan.
demolition and code compliance work within the downtown area.
Fund facade improvements that are
historically accurate and aesthetically pleasing.
It is anticipated that the downtown revitalization plan will
include a streetscape design plan for new sidewalks, lighting,
landscaping and other public space elements; a facade improvement
plan for various blocks downtown; a strategic plan for the downtown
business district; a parking and traffic study; a plan for the
creation of a historic preservation ordinance; and a downtown sewer
"We are very excited about this grant and the ability it will
give us to not only plan for a new downtown Lincoln, but to address
critical issues like code compliance and begin to make improvements
to downtown facades.
"This grant will give us the opportunity to proactively plan the
future of downtown Lincoln. Through these plans and additional
steps, we can expand small-business opportunities; provide local
citizens with additional shopping, dining, entertainment and
services options; increase our hometown pride; and make Lincoln more
attractive to visitors and prospective residents."
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Snyder said that the development of the plans will depend on
public involvement, and that involvement will be a key to the
success of a revitalized downtown.
"The downtown belongs to every one of us," he said. "It's the
heart of our city, and for us to continue to thrive, we need a
[Text from news release from
Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder]