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Grants awarded for main street projects throughout the state

May 2, 2019

Downloadable file: Awards list with project descriptions
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 30 matching grants worth $5,244,261 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state for building projects that encourage economic revitalization. Projects range from façade improvement to housing and seismic upgrades with awards ranging from $56,731-$200,000.
The department funded projects that best conveyed the ability to stimulate private investment and local economic development, and best fit within the community’s long range plan for downtown vitality.
Funded projects include:

  • Dallas Downtown Association will receive $200,000 to stabilize a key historic building already in use as a restaurant and retail space and add rooms for a cycling hostel on the vacant second floor.
  • Many projects were for housing increases or improvements including $200,000 in Coos Bay for eleven new apartments, $200,000 in Cottage Grove for six apartments and retail upgrades, $149,751 for four new apartments in Klamath Falls, and $200,000 each for four new apartments in Tillamook and towards 10-12 new units in Woodburn.
  • Revitalize Downtown Stayton will use a $200,000 award to complete façade improvements on seven of nine properties in one block of downtown.
  • A $200,000 project in Enterprise includes apartments and complete façade restoration on the Litch Building.
  • Roof and awning improvements will be made to five commercial buildings in downtown Reedsport with a $166,000 award.
  • Several communities were selected for work to repair or restore their historic theaters: The purchase of the Alger Theater in Lakeview at $111,685; Liberty Theater façade and fire suppression at $100,000 in La Grande; and multiple improvements at the Columbia Theater in St. Helens.

Other communities awarded grants include Astoria, Athena, Baker City, Bandon, Beaverton, Burns, Canby, Carlton, Estacada, Florence, Gold Beach, Harrisburg, John Day, Oregon City, Pendleton, Port Orford, The Dalles, Turner.
The grant program was created during the 2015 legislative session, and placed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. The legislation established a permanent fund for the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant, and provided an initial infusion of funds from the sale of lottery bonds. The legislature included the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant in the lottery bond package approved in 2017. The funds must be used to award grants to participating Oregon Main Street Network organizations to acquire, rehabilitate or construct buildings to facilitate community revitalization. The program also requires that at least 50 percent of the funds go to rural communities as defined in the bill.
To learn more about the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant or the Oregon Main Street Network, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.