The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 12 small, rural Iowa communities… including three in northwest Iowa… to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos, and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.
The Derelict Building Grant Program was instituted by statute to help rural communities with populations of five-thousand or less.
The city of Ida Grove is receiving 87-hundred dollars to complete renovation activities at the King Theater building. The city is planning on opening the completely renovated and refurbished theater in November.
The city of Ruthven is awarded 52-hundred dollars to complete deconstruction activities on an abandoned restaurant. The site will be developed by building a new city hall.
The city of Sutherland will receive 43-thousand dollars to deconstruct an abandoned commercial building. The city plans to build a new health clinic to serve the residents and the surrounding communities.
The funds are awarded annually by the DNR on a competitive basis with cash matches required. Since the first round of funding in 2011, the program has diverted more than 48-thousand tons of construction and demolition materials from state landfills… removed more than one-thousand tons of asbestos-containing materials… and saved participating communities more than one-point-six million dollars in landfill disposal costs.
Several towns have added additional commercial business, expanded fire and emergency management resources, and improved public health and budgetary concerns by removing or renovating old abandoned buildings.