In 2016, the City and Medina County applied for and received a grant from the Ohio Development Service Agency (ODSA) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downtown Revitalization funds. The purpose of the Downtown Revitalization program is to encourage reinvestment in private buildings in a community’s downtown core in order to improve their marketability and stimulate activity. Improvements that qualified for grant funding included facade repairs (brickwork, tuckpointing, painting); window and door replacement or repair; roof repairs; and improvements to other mechanical and structural systems (electric, HVAC, plumbing).
The terms of the grant required building and/or business owners to invest a portion of their own funds in these improvements. Initially, the owners’ matching contribution was established as 50%, but the City and County were able to finalize the grant paying for 75% of the construction costs.
The Downtown Revitalization grant program was able to provide funding assistance for improvements to 17 buildings in the downtown target area. Taking into account the building owners’ contributions, almost $350,000 have been invested in the rehabilitation of private buildings in downtown Wadsworth.