Four grants totaling $15,623 have been awarded to downtown Amherst building owners to help spruce up the city’s historic district.
The Lorain County commissioners approved dollar-for-dollar matching grants, resulting in $31,246 invested to preserve and improve downtown buildings.
The money will help with code compliance and facade improvements. To date, 14 building owners have taken advantage of the grant program, using $89,908 in grant funds matched by $128,130 for a total investment of $218,039 in downtown Amherst.
“A prosperous county requires vibrant places. The cooperation and collaboration that the city, Main Street, and county government have in place will keep Amherst as a vibrant place that can attract visitors and serve our residents,” said commissioner Matt Lundy.