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Grant will help Le Mars, IA improve downtown buildings

LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV)- Le Mars, Iowa is receiving state funds to help several downtown businesses update the look of their buildings.

It is a project that has been in the works for awhile.

A year ago, they applied for a community development block grant. They city recieved the grant in July of 2013. Bob Rust, Business Owner said, "Anything we can do the revitalize our downtown is very important to me.  With the grant money we recieved for being a historic site, downtown Le Mars, it will enable a lot of us to do repairs to our buildings that are sometimes not real affordable for us."

So far, 26 businesses have signed on for the grant money to help pay for exterior improvements. Le Mars officials are hoping more will join the program. Scott Langel, City Administrator said, "The grant application showed 40 buildings and we're in the process right now as I speak, to check with the 40 business owners to see who's still in."

Langel also said, "construction should start in late summer or early fall."

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