Good news for downtown: State gives Amherst $300K grant for historical buildings


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Main Street Amherst director Teresa Gilles speaks to city council Monday, announcing a $300,000 state grant for downtown businesses.


Expect a sharper look downtown in 2016 as a $300,000 state grant breathes new life into some of Amherst’s oldest, most treasured buildings.

Our city was one of 74 to apply for Ohio Development Services Agency cash this spring. Nearly $9.7 million was split among the top 35 applicants.

Main Street Amherst director Teresa Gilles announced the huge win last Monday to city council, recieving a round of applause.

Business owners in the historical shopping district can get up to $10,000 (for each postal address) to renovate their spaces.

The money can be used for roofing, windows, electrical and plumbing updates, fire suppression systems, new signage, store facade updates, and more.

To cash in, recipients must match the grant dollar-for-dollar, Gilles said.

Letters are going out to stakeholders to let them know about the opportunity, though Gilles said she is uncertain exactly when the state will release the grant funds.

The money is expected to be made available sometime next year, she said.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Main Street Amherst director Teresa Gilles speaks to city council Monday, announcing a $300,000 state grant for downtown businesses.

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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Main Street Amherst director Teresa Gilles speaks to city council Monday, announcing a $300,000 state grant for downtown businesses.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com

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