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Estacada Development Association sets sights on state grant

The Estacada Development Association plans to apply for a grant that would fund a new project in the city’s downtown area.

The grant has an anticipated value of $100,000 and would be awarded by the state’s Main Street program, which focuses on funding downtown revitalization.

If the association is successful in obtaining the grant, Estacada’s Urban Renewal Agency has committed up to $150,000 of additional funds for the project.

The development would take place on or near Broadway Street. Both commercial and mixed-use projects are eligible for the grant, which would fund the construction of a new building on an empty lot or renovate an existing building.

Nancy Hoffman, director of Estacada’s Main Street program, hopes the project will have a significant impact on the area’s economic vitality.

“We’re always hoping our projects will strengthen opportunities for new and existing businesses,” she said.

City Manager Denise Carey believes combined-use buildings, with commercial space at street level and living quarters upstairs, would be a valuable project for the grant.

“More affordable downtown housing would be great,” she said. “We want to bring livability to our downtown area.”

DeDe Brittle, co-owner of the Mason Jar, 360 Broadway St., agreed.

“If you can’t afford to buy a house, you basically can’t afford to live here,” she said.

Brittle would also like to see more activities and businesses to draw visitors in the evenings.

“Especially in the summer, it would be great to have more people downtown,” she said.

The Development Association will know if it received the grant in 2017. Hoffman said she is confident in the city’s chances to receive the funds.

Meanwhile, the Development Association is accepting proposals from developers, from which they will select a project for the grant in September.

“We want to see the visions (the developers) bring to us,” Hoffman said.

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