AVOCA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded Avoca Main Street, Inc. a $75,000 grant for the Edward Carroll Building Project. Thirteen other Main Street Iowa communities also received grants.

“We are very thrilled and honored to receive funding for this important project in our Main Street District,” said Amber Mohr, Director of Avoca Main Street, Inc. “The Edward Carroll Building in was built in 1906 and spent its early years as a furniture store. It currently houses a preschool and daycare, insurance office, and two upper story business offices. It is the final building on the east side of the 100 block of North Elm to require restoration. The renovation proposal includes full facade restoration, converting a second story office space to interchangeable office/residence, and adding a lower level rear living space.”

“The Main Street Iowa Challenge grants have been instrumental in revitalizing Iowa’s historic main streets,” said IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Director Debi Durham. “Reinvesting in our traditional commercial districts is good business. It’s good for our economy and good for our state. These projects will bring new businesses and new residents to our downtown districts.”

The grants are administered through IEDA’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa programs. The funding will be distributed in the form of matching grants to the selected Main Street programs. The estimated total project cost of these 14 projects is over $3.2 million.

“Each project must provide at least a dollar-for-dollar cash-match,” said Michael Wagler, state coordinator for the Main Street Iowa program. “In total, these projects will actually leverage significantly more than the state’s investment into bricks and mortar rehabilitation. This investment will have a significant economic impact within each district.”

Since the first Challenge Grants were awarded in 2002, approximately $11.6 million in state and federal funds have leveraged more than $59 million in private investment. Over the life of the program, 193 projects in 56 Main Street Iowa commercial districts across the state have received funding.

For more information about the Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant program, contact Michael Wagler at 515.348.6184 or mainstreet@iowaeda.com.