Final downtown revitalization project approved

YORK – The city’s final downtown revitalization project – at least in the current and third phase – has been approved.

York Chamber Director Madonna Mogul brought the project to the city council this past week.

The project will result in façade improvements at the Service Master building at 410 North Lincoln Avenue.

She said a recent meeting was held with program facilitator, the Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD), as they work on the final stage of this third phase.

In November of 2022, it was announced the city had been awarded $435,000 for the third phase of the downtown revitalization effort, through the highly competitive grant program through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. This program was created to help communities seeking to provide funds in assisting their downtown businesses and property owners rehabilitate their facades and structures, improving historic ambience and value.

In 2023, the third phase got underway and is now completed, as all the latest grant funds have been used.

The city’s first two rounds were highly successful with many downtown buildings seeing historic restorations and renovations. During the first two phases, $1.4 million in improvements were done in York’s downtown area.

Now, nearly $1.9 million later, the results can certainly be seen as many of the downtown buildings have received major facelifts. When the first grant was announced, officials said this program would have a “profound effect” on the charm and sustainability of the downtown area – which proved to be true.


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