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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Mapleton and Wall Lake receive thousands in grant money that will benefit local projects

The City of Mapleton recently received more than $300,000 in grants to help revive a pair of downtown buildings. The state of Iowa awarded Mapleton two separate Catalyst Grants for $100,000 each for the buildings at the corner of Main and South 4th Street. The grants will be used for repairs to each property. The finished project at both locations is set to feature a commercial space on the ground level and a living quarter upstairs. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources added a Derelict Building Grant of more then $121,000 to Mapleton's total. That money will also help repair the structural damage to one of the buildings. Mapleton was one of nine communities that received a derelict building grant from the Iowa DNR.

Wall Lake is another area community that will get financial help from the Iowa DNR on a local project. The city will use their nearly $122,000 for large-scale renovations at the former East Sac County Elementary School. Wall Lake currently plans to turn the building into a family recreation center that includes a fitness room, a Comet Room featuring tributes to the former Wall Lake High School, and more. The city is hosting their second public meeting about the project on July 14 at 7 p.m. with an asbestos abatement expected to begin at the site in late August.

The Iowa DNR Derelict Building Grant Program is meant for communities with a population of about 5,000 people. The application period for the next round of grants is open until Feburary 25, 2022.

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