April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Town to see $40k grant for downtown improvements

By HSJ Online [email protected]

The town of Hope has been approved for a $40,000 grant to improve the downtown area.

J.T. Doane, the town manager, announced that the town would be receiving the planning grant from the federal Small Cities and Towns Community Development Block Grant program. The money will be used to fund a downtown revitalization plan.

At last month's Town Council meeting, the town approved a contract with Storrow and Kinsella Associates to help town officials create the plan.

"On behalf of the Town of Hope and the Main Street of Hope organization, we extend our deepest and sincerest gratitude to Trena Carter, Grant Administrator with (Administrative Resources Association) for all of her efforts towards preparation of this grant," Doane said.

Town Council President Clyde Compton said the grant could be a first step toward unlocking a $400,000 grant that could be used to carry out the plan. That could include new facades for downtown buildings, brick sidewalks or other improvements.

Compton said it has been an incredible year for the town of Hope with all of the projects that are coming to life this year.[[In-content Ad]]