Demolition Assistance Programs

Demolition Assistance I Program

This program provides grants of up to $4,000 to assist with demolishing dilapidated residential structures in Oskaloosa. In consideration of the grant, the borrower shall agree to redevelop the property within two years. The assessed value of the redeveloped property shall equal or exceed the value of the structure(s) removed. If the improvements are not made within a two year period, the grant shall be repaid in full including accrued interest to the OHTF.

Demolition Assistance II Program

This program provides assistance up to $4,000 to demolish dilapidated housing structures within the city limits of Oskaloosa. One-half of the awarded funds shall be in the form of a no-interest loan to be repaid in two years. This program is to encourage green space and/or future redevelopment. No redevelopment provision is attached.

With both programs all debris shall be properly disposed of in compliance with the rules and regulations of the city of Oskaloosa including the removal and disposal of hazardous materials, such as asbestos.

Eligible costs for reimbursement to the owner shall be the actual and reasonable cost of

  • Demolition permit
  • Disconnecting utilities
  • Removal and proper disposal of hazardous waste
  • Removal and proper disposal of above and below grade structures.

A demolition permit from the Building Official and a demolition application must be received and approved by the Development Services Department prior to demolition work commencing.

Return completed applications to:

Development Services Department
220 South Market Street
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Additional Guidelines

Applications shall include at least two bids for the demolition, demolition permit, and if applicant is not the property owner, proof that the applicant has authority to act on behalf of the owner.