DES MOINES – The next round of funding for the 2013 Derelict Building Grants Program is open for applications through 4 p.m. CST Feb. 1, 2013.
The Derelict Building Grants Program was instituted by statute to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less to deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures. The program emphasizes reuse and recycling of building items, helps improve street appearance and commercial development, and alleviates the environmental concern these buildings can pose. Financial assistance includes asbestos removal, building deconstruction and renovation, and other inspections and site assessments. A cash match is required.
Funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis. A committee from the Iowa DNR, Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, Iowa Recycling Association, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Keep Iowa Beautiful selects the projects for funding. The Environmental Protection Commission’s approval is required for all projects costing more than $25,000.
More information about the grant program, application forms, and resources are available at www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/DerelictBuildingProgram.aspx
Update on 2012 Derelict Building Grants
Earlier this year, 15 projects were approved for 2012 Derelict Building Grants, totaling $730,000 with cash matches totaling $561,000. Current status of those projects are:
Arlington in Fayette County requested $50,000 for deconstruction of a school building and plans to replace it by building a new community center. The deconstruction is complete.
Belle Plaine in Benton County is revitalizing its Main Street area by improving building facades and installing new roofs to market vacant and abandoned buildings. The city received $9,450 for assistance with asbestos removal.
Epworth in Dubuque County received $93,000 for assistance with asbestos removal, underground tank removal, and deconstruction of a school building so an adjoining park space could host a local farmer’s market. The city, working with an Iowa Waste Exchange representative, was able to divert 97 percent of the building items from the landfill through reuse and beneficial reuse outlets for a landfill disposal savings of $3,087.
Norway in Benton County requested $86,000 in funding for asbestos removal, underground tank removal, and deconstruction of a school building to sell the property and develop housing for seniors. The project is slated for completion in early January.
Stacyville in Mitchell County received $50,000 for asbestos inspection, asbestos removal and deconstruction of a school building. The city, working with an Iowa Waste Exchange representative, was able to divert 73 percent of building items to reuse markets. The city estimated a landfill disposal savings of $3,320.
Ida Grove in Ida County applied for $100,000 of funding for an asbestos inspection, asbestos removal and deconstruction of the Baxter Hotel building to promote the site for future commercial use. This project is scheduled for completion in July 2013.
Hawarden in Sioux County asked for $13,000 of funding for an asbestos inspection, asbestos removal and structural engineering analysis in an effort to rehabilitate the old city hall building. The project is to be completed by February 2013.
Lohrville in Calhoun County requested $10,000 of funding for deconstruction of an old bank building to expand an existing business. The city, working with an Iowa Waste Exchange representative, diverted 72 percent of the building materials from the landfill saving the city $12,000.
Rockwell City in Calhoun County requested $26,000 for deconstruction of a commercial building located just off their town square. The project is completed.
Sibley in Osceola County requested $6,000 for interior and exterior rehabilitation of a commercial building to be marketed for commercial interests. The project is completed.
Guthrie Center in Guthrie County asked for assistance with asbestos abatement and deconstruction of a vacant commercial building to market the site for future commercial interest. The city, working with an Iowa Waste Exchange representative, was able to locate reuse markets and achieve a diversion rate of 77 percent and a landfill disposal savings of $10,710.
Onawa in Monona County asked for assistance with asbestos removal and deconstruction of a grocery store so the space could be marketed for commercial use. The city was able to locate reuse markets for 95 percent of the building items for a landfill disposal savings of $22,709.
One approved applicant withdrew from the Derelict Building Grant Program and two other projects are currently on hold.