Funds to be used to improve streetscape and expand façade program
TIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2016 – The City of Tiffin is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a total of $450,000 in allocation and competitive funding towards downtown revitalization. More than 69 communities across the state applied for the competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and Tiffin was one of 37 selected. A total of $11.6 million is being awarded this year statewide.
About half of the funds will be used to revitalize the streetscape on East Market Street between Jefferson Street and Rock Creek, connecting the historic downtown district with the new streetscape project between Heidelberg and Rock Creek, scheduled for 2018. The City of Tiffin was awarded $650,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for that project on both Perry and Market Streets. The improvements will include new curbs and gutters, sidewalks, decorative lighting, benches, and decorative trash receptacles. This project will complement the new East Commons greenspace park currently under development and fits with the new Downtown Development Plan finished this year.
The remainder of the grant funding will be used to launch an expanded Façade Enhancement Program reaching a larger area of downtown Tiffin not currently covered by the existing program. Building owners would be eligible to receive matching funds for half of exterior improvement costs, up to $15,000. Established in 2014, the original Façade Enhancement Program has been a huge success, resulting in almost $1.2 million in new investment among 38 projects. The program expansion is expected to launch yet this year.
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is very pleased with the state’s award. “It is great to see the City’s investment in planning and downtown revitalization continuing to pay dividends. I feel this award is a recognition of City Council’s and this administration’s continued commitment to strategic investment in our downtown. I am very excited to see both an expansion of the façade program and the finishing of the East Market Street streetscape. The momentum continues.”
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.