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DNR Derelict Building Program Awards Grants to 20 Rural Communities
Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Iowa DNR
DES MOINES – The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 20 small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.

The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program was instituted by statute to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less. DBGP funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis with cash matches required. Applications for the next funding round will be due in spring 2015.

The following projects will receive a total of $630,900.00 as reimbursement grants:

City of Ackley — $88,500 to complete asbestos inspections and asbestos abatement and deconstruct two adjacent buildings and market the vacated site for commercial development.

City of Bridgewater — $16,200 to deconstruct the old school building and develop a new green/park space.

City of Collins — $15,600 to replace the roof and renovate the structure of the town’s library building.

City of Eddyville — $1,000 to complete asbestos inspection at a commercial building.  City plans to apply in the future for abatement and deconstruction of the same building.

City of Glidden — $40,000 to renovate an abandoned commercial building and prepare site for a new recreational center and meeting space for the residents and businesses of the city.

City of Hawarden — $21,000 to continue the renovation at the old city hall building in an effort to establish a public meeting space and military museum.

City of Hedrick — $21,000 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an abandoned commercial building.  The site will be marketed for commercial development.

City of Hull — $21,000 to partner with the Hull Industrial Development Corporation to deconstruct the abandoned creamery building. The building site will be sold to a commercial entity interested in developing a retail lot.

City of Imogene— $21,000 to inspect for and abate asbestos, complete a phase I and phase II site assessment, structural analysis and renovate the abandoned commercial  bank building.  Renovated building will be sold for commercial development.
City of Lohrville (Southern Cal Community School District) — $21,000 to abate asbestos and deconstruct abandoned school building.  Site will be developed into a senior care facility.

City of Manson — $84,900 to deconstruct two abandoned commercial buildings in disrepair. Once complete, the city plans on marketing the vacated spaces to interested commercial clients.

City of Mapleton — $21,000 to renovate an abandoned commercial building. The site will then be marketed for commercial purposes.

City of Melcher-Dallas — $89,000 to complete asbestos inspection, structural analysis, phase I site assessment, partial deconstruction and renovation of abandoned commercial property.  City plans to create a new library and public meeting space after project is complete.

City of Middletown — $21,000 to remove all asbestos from abandoned school building.  

City of Osceola — $21,000 to replace the roof on the old car dealership building.  City plans to renovate building into a one-stop-shop for the city’s water department staff.

City of Pocahontas — $21,000 to renovate the abandoned Oddfellows building into a three-story “spec” space for both commercial and residential use.

City of Protivin — $15,625 to abate asbestos and deconstruct the old creamery building.  The city will build a new city shop and maintenance building on site.

City of Rippey (Greene County School District) — $21,000 to abate asbestos and partially deconstruct the abandoned school building.  School district will use gymnasium for special events.  Vacated property space will be sold to neighbor for additional farmland.
City of Roland — $21,000 to deconstruct two abandoned commercial buildings.  The city plans to build a new city hall on site.

City of Shelby — $49,075 to renovate an abandoned commercial building.  The city plans on using the renovated structure to house the city council chambers and as a public meeting space.

For more information about the grant program, application forms and resources, visit: