Since becoming a Main Street Iowa community in 2013, the Uptown Marion District has seen significant economic growth. In just over two years, the District has seen $6.8M in private investments through building acquisitions, rehabilitations and new constructions projects; $630K in state grants to rehabilitate historic buildings; $350K in an ArtPlace America grant to transform the underutilized alleys behind some of our prominent buildings; 29 business starts and expansions, creating 83 full-time equivalent jobs; and 5.6K volunteer hours to assist in planning and implementing projects and activities.
- $1,500 Local Business Grants Awarded
- $55,000 Challenge Grant Awarded
- 15 Art Sculptures Installed
- 16 Business Starts & Expansions
- 1,219 Volunteer Hours
- $1,233,104 Private Investments in District Commercial Properties
2015 Challenge Grant
In 2015, Uptown Marion was awarded a $55K Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant for the Cobban-Hervey Building. Barker Financial, the building owner, will complete construction fall 2017 on facade rehabilitations, storefront improvements, and two upper-story office space renovations.
2016 Challenge Grant
In 2016, Uptown Marion was awarded a $75K Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant for the Kuba-Kurtz Building. Owner, Les Arnold, has completed this project, turning the old Bill’s Tap into Brick Alley Pub & Sports Bar.
CDBG Facade Program
Construction on nine Uptown building facades will begin spring 2016 as part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Facade Program. Marion was awarded the $500K CDBG in 2014 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
Local Grant Program
Uptown Marion Main Street is currently working with the City of Marion to solidify district design standards and implement a local Sign and Awning Grant program for District business and building owners.