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Iowa DNR’s Derelict Building Grant Program awarded seven grants to six rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos, and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill

Mapleton, IOWA – State officials said that this program was reportedly instituted by statute to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less remove environmental hazards, improve community appearance and minimize costs by recycling and reusing building materials through deconstruction or renovation of abandoned, derelict buildings.

Iowa DNR’s Derelict Building Grant Program funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis with cash matches required.

Applications for the next funding round will be due on Feb. 24, 2023. 

State officials have announced that the following projects will receive a total of $400,000 as reimbursement grants:

City of Corydon, Wayne County — $43,200 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. City plans to redevelop the space into a pocket park for citizens to enjoy.

City of Griswold, Cass County — $94,625 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. City plans to redevelop the space into a new daycare center.

City of Carson, Pottawattamie County — $69,891 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building at 119 Broadway St. City plans to redevelop the space into a new daycare center.

City of Carson, Pottawattamie County — $66,884 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building at 121 Broadway St. City plans to redevelop the space into a new daycare center.

City of Sac City, Sac County — $80,275 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. City plans to develop the area into a trail head and green space for farmer’s market.

City of Hopkinton, Delaware County — $22,225 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. City plans to redevelop the space into a new medical clinic.

City of Mapleton, Monona County – $22,900 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. City plans to have a new space for commercial redevelopment.

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