Jonathan R. Anderson is pictured with (right) Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch
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Jonathan R. Anderson is pictured with (right) Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch Photo submitted
The downtown Ben-Hur building, long the talk of the town, got a giant help toward becoming a reality in downtown Crawfordsville when Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, granted the Ben-Hur project a Historic Renovation Grant.
The news brought a smile from Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton.
“We are excited that the adaptive re-use project for the Ben-Hur Building is moving forward and greatly appreciate the support of our partners in the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Lt. Governor Crouch,” Barton said. “Their commitment to this project comes after significant analysis and serves to provide additional assurance to private investors that the project has been designed in a manner that will ensure its success.”
Ben-Hur LLC is one of more than 85 individuals and communities who partnered with the agency throughout 2019 to collaboratively shape and execute their vision for local community and economic development opportunities.
The grant award is for $100,000 with a $150,000 local match.
"By working together, these communities applied innovative changes to their public buildings, parks, walkways, main streets and economic developments," Crouch explained. "In partnership with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, local leaders are able to utilize this funding to incorporate the plans to further their economic and community development."
Crouch said more than $56 million local community dollars were combined with the $35 million OCRA funding to complete quality of place improvements like water system enhancements, building of public facilities, main street revitalization, historic renovation and downtown enhancement.
“Today is a great day to celebrate all the successes, collaborative efforts and planning our Hoosier communities have achieved over the last year,” said Jodi Golden, OCRA Executive Director. “Our office was fortunate to help our rural cities, towns and counties grow and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for all of them as they continue to develop.”
The 2019 awards ceremony marks OCRA’s 14th anniversary since the agency’s creation in 2005. State legislators, mayors, local elected officials, grant administrators, community development organizations, community partners and businesses were present at the awards ceremony and celebration.