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Sylvania City Council is considering hiring a consultant to help pursue a grant to revive downtown properties.
The council is to consider on Monday hiring Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green as grant consultants for $7,500. The council is expected to vote on applying for a $300,000 federal Community Development Block Grant. If received, it would be used to rehabilitate buildings downtown.
The grant application will go through the Lucas County Commissioners. Only three such grants can be awarded per county, said Paul Tecpanecatl, principal owner of Poggemeyer. One was awarded last year to the Village of Whitehouse, leaving two more eligible applications. The program is overseen by Ohio's Office of Community Development.
Poggemeyer said it helped secure grants awarded last year to Lucas County for Whitehouse, for $300,000, and to Ashtabula County, for about $289,000, Mr. Tecpanecatl said.
“The county can determine which applications it will submit if there is more interest in the community for the grant,” he said.
The grant, if awarded could go towards sidewalk and street repairs, or toward light fixtures, as well as any structural improvements to downtown buildings. That could entail rehabilitating a facade or improving electrical and heating systems.
The amount spent on each project must be matched by the property owner, Mr. Tecpanecatl said. The city is seeking input on how likely property owners are to make such investments, said Bill Sanford, the city's economic development director.