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Façade Improvement Project

Project Name:
Downtown Façade Improvement Project

Project Location:
Downtown Oskaloosa, between High Avenue and A Avenue, and North A Street and North 2nd Street.


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Project Description:
The project includes restoration of the façades of eighteen (18) downtown buildings on the north side of the Oskaloosa City Square. Buildings include a mix of non-historic and historically significant buildings within the Historic District. The buildings included in the project were identified through a formal “Slum & Blight Survey” and were deemed in need of repair. The designs for the façade restoration were prepared by Curtis Architecture & Design (project architect) and have been approved by the Oskaloosa Historic Preservation Commission and the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office. Funding for this project comes through the City of Oskaloosa, a Community Development Block Grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the George Daily Family Trust, and property owners. See facade designs here.

Project Benefits:
Benefit of this project can be seen on multiple levels. First, each owner of the 18 properties benefit from the reinvestment in their properties. Property owners are excited about this opportunity to provide significant reinvestments into their buildings. Second, the many tenants in these properties benefit from a more weather tight, structurally sound, and visually attractive building. Third, nearby property owners in the downtown benefit from the overall improvement in the area. Fourth, the City of Oskaloosa will benefit from this project by the positive affect it will have on property values. Last, the community as a whole benefits from the preservation of its historic architecture and perpetuation as the heart of the community. Additionally, the successful completion of strong community projects that are reliant on diverse partnerships can be encouraging to the community as a whole about its ability to accomplish significant projects. A project like this can seed further collaborative community investment projects that can last for decades to come.


Project Status:
The construction contract has been awarded to Christner Contracting LLC, and construction is expected to begin by May 2017.

Project Funding and Budget:

Funding Source

Amount

IEDA

$500,000

City of Oskaloosa

$300,000

Property Owners

$253,186

George Daily Family Trust

$119,750

Total

$1,172,936


Budget Item

Amount

Construction

$1,012,742

Asbestos/Mortar Testing

$12,100

Architect Fees

$87,839

Grant Administration

$40,000

Contingency

$20,255

Total

$1,172,936


Project Start Date:
05/01/2017

Project Completion (Estimated):
12/31/2017



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