Spencer Main Street Awarded an Iowa Challenge Grant

The Spencer Main Street program is one of ten in the state to receive an Iowa Challenge Grant for 2022.

It’s the second year in a row the Spencer Main Street program has received the grant. This year’s award is 100-thousand dollars, which is the maximum amount that can be applied for through the program. It’s a one-on-one matching grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Spencer Main Street says the funds will go toward the renovation of three apartments above 301 Grand Avenue, along with improvements to the building’s facade. A local investment group recently purchased the buildings at 301 and 303 Grand Avenue and now own all of what’s known as the “Union Block Building” which houses The Butchery on Grand.

In 2021, the Hansen Building in downtown Spencer was awarded a 100-thousand dollar Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant to renovate a two story living area into three apartments. That project is still underway.

(courtesy Community First Broadcasting station KUOO in Spirit Lake)