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Wolcottville starts path to revitalization planning grant

The Wolcottville Town Council held a special meeting Thursday afternoon to complete a questionnaire for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) as it sets out to begin a downtown revitalization study.

The grant will be for up to $50,000, with a 10 percent funding match needed from local sources.

Following the site visit Thursday by OCRA, the application will be scored and reviewed by OCRA.

The grant request is also in need of documented community support, the council was told. Community residents can write letters stating their support. The letters can be sent to the town hall, which will forward them to OCRA.

There will also be public hearings on the grant application and residents are encouraged to attend the hearings to show support as well.

The process to receive the grant can take up to six months.

Money from the grant will go to hire a consultant to perform a study and make a plan with recommendations and options for the downtown area. The grant is for the planning only.

The council was told that some consultants have already expressed interest in handling the revitalization study for the town.