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Big Grants For Projects In Lawrenceburg, Batesville

Posted On October 16, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Dearborn Adult Center. File photo.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lawrenceburg and Batesville communities will benefit from two large grants announced Thursday by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

The City of Lawrenceburg has been awarded a $360,000 Community Development Block Grant through OCRA’s Public Facilities Program. The funds will be put to use at the Dearborn Adult Center, rehabilitating the building, addressing safety concerns, and updating common areas.

“The Dearborn Adult Center is an integral part of Dearborn County and Lawrenceburg,” said State Representative Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) said. “This project will be especially helpful to our area’s growing senior population, by providing additional enrichment, social and educational opportunities.”

The City of Batesville will receive a block grant of $114,500 from the Blight Clearance Program. According to OCRA, the city will use the money for clearance and demolition of a vacant and dilapidated service station.  This project will benefit residents by removing a blighted and deteriorating structure, clearing the site, and bringing the property one step closer to redevelopment.

A total of $15 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 31 rural Indiana communities by OCRA.

“As Indiana’s Secretary of Rural Development, I’m excited that we’re awarding $15 million to 31 rural communities across Indiana,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “These Community Development Block Grants will spur economic revitalization and community development, promote health and well-being, and help cities, towns and counties improve their quality of place and residents’ quality of life.”