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Eligibility is based on several criteria: Building is located within the target area, your project addresses code violations or involves facade improvements, you are current on property taxes/utility payments, and you can show proof of matching funds.
Yes. This is a 1 to 1 matching grant. Owners will pay for their projects in full, and the state will reimburse them up 50 percent of eligible costs. If an owner is doing the work in-house (not hiring a contractor), the grant will reimburse for material costs but not labor.
Grant projects must go through the standard processes for construction activities. Therefore, any permits and inspections or Design Review approvals which are normally required for a project will apply to all projects funded by this grant program. Additionally, each project will undergo Environmental Review and Section 106 Review via the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.
Projects will go through private procurement, meaning owners will be able to submit names for three contractors of their choosing. These contractors will then be asked to submit a bid for the project, and bids will be reviewed with the owner. An architect and rehab specialist paid through the grant funds will assist in preparing bid specifications.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee as they are received. There is no firm deadline for submissions, however, all grant funds must be spent by December of 2019. You may drop off your application at the City Building, 301 Harding Way East, or mail to this address.
Yes, if your project is more than $2,000. Federal prevailing wages will apply. To learn more, visit the Wage Determination website.