Rembrandt, Ida Grove receive renovation grants
DES MOINES – The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 18 small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.
Two area communities will be funded.
City of Rembrandt— $6,456 to abate asbestos from three abandoned commercial buildings. City plans to develop site into a green space and memorial for deceased service men and women.
City of Ida Grove — $7,350 for renovation activities.
The city plans to renovate the building and provide a multi-purpose theater focused on family entertainment.
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 on April 4, 2018.