Grants awarded to two city projects

Two much-anticipated projects aimed at preserving and renovating Princeton’s downtown are closer to getting off the ground.

The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation has awarded Princeton a $5,000 grant for its “It Starts Here” program while the Minnesota Historical Society has awarded the city a $6,630 grant for a survey of historic properties.

The Princeton City Council approved accepting both grants at its Thursday, July 26 meeting.


Initiative Foundation

The Initiative Foundation will support advertising, promotion and training of the “It Starts Here” program, a joint effort of the city of Princeton, its Economic Development Authority and the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce. The grant was awarded to the city’s Park & Recreation Advisory Board.

The goal of “It Starts Here” is revitalizing downtown by filling the vacant spaces with new businesses. Princeton community development director Carie Fuhrman has said there are 16 vacant spaces in a nine-block area downtown.

Grant dollars are expected to be received within the next 30 days. The grant agreement states that there is a two-year grant period.

Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society will fund a “reconnaissance survey” of Princeton’s downtown through its $6,630 “Historical and Cultural Heritage” grant.

The grant monies will be used to hire a consultant to complete a reconnaissance survey of Princeton’s downtown, approximately 50 commercial buildings.

Pat Gaarder, deputy director of programs for the MHS, said in a letter to the city that the Society is honored to support Princeton’s efforts to preserve the state’s heritage.

Under conditions of the grant, work on the survey must be completed by Aug. 1, 2013.