ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The City of Zanesville received a grant from the Federal Appalachian Regional Commission worth $55,000 for downtown redevelopment.
The grant is going towards a study to identify funding sources for various projects the city plans to target downtown.
The grant will focus on specific renovation projects that will enable public sector improvements, with the goal of drawing in people to enjoy the history and culture of the historic downtown. Some of the future projects consist of improving upon the entrance to the Seacrest Auditorium and Music Hall and renovating an old downtown building into a restaurant hall and event facility.
Mayor Don Mason addressed these released plans and shared the intent behind the renovations.
“The city of Zanesville is interested in improving the downtown – and we have to do it in a matter that is aesthetic, but we also have to do it in a matter that’s affordable.”
The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association and the Port Authority’s Office has worked towards establishing the grant in Zanesville and provided technical assistance to the city throughout the application process. The Appalachian Regional Commission encompasses the area from Pennsylvania to parts of Northern Mississippi and works to develop more rural regions along the Appalachian Mountain Chain.
Mayor Mason spoke about the opportunity of using this grant to develop new housing locations in the Zanesville area and the importance of utilizing this housing to foster community growth.
“What I am hoping to do is attract younger people to live in our town or to move back to our town so that they can work remotely – whether that’s a firm they work for in Columbus or Pittsburgh or somewhere else – and have their parents here locally to help raise their children. We think that gives you the most stable neighborhoods and really helps with the raising of children.”
Mayor Mason states that some of these renovation projects could begin as early as the end of this year. The City of Zanesville hopes to work with its constituents to apply this grant to overall community development and growth.