Mapleton, Iowa (KTIV) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds visited northwest Iowa on Friday, May 31, to check on the progress of building restoration, paid for by a state grant. The $100,000 “Catalyst” grant was given to Mapleton and 28 other Iowa communities, from a $2.9 million fund. The idea is to give communities the resources to update or rehabilitate Iowa’s downtown areas.
In Mapleton, city leaders will use the money to renovate a building at the corner of Highways 141 and 175.
When done, the facility will have a business on the ground floor, and two residential units on the second floor.
Governor Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg have reviewed the progress at several of the projects across the state.
They were on hand, in Mapleton, for an update on progress at a historic building in the heart of downtown.
“It was really exciting to see the projects in different communities across the state that had been awarded the grants, and how they were going to put that to use. And again, help drive community development, and revitalization on main street. Help employ Iowan’s in their communities and just help revitalize rural Iowa in general,” said Governor Kim Reynolds, (R) Iowa.
Project coordinators say a lot of the demolition, and cleanup, has been done by volunteers, including dozens of local high school students.
“This provides a chance for a future business to come in here. And also take an older building and bring it back to life that was basically failing and starting to fall apart,” said Dennis Miller, Teacher/Project Leader.
The $100,000 “Catalyst” grant will be used to update the heating and air conditioning system, and the electrical system. The grant should cover about half of the cost of the project.