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Kansas Main Street awards new housing grant to Great Bend upper floors project
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Great Bend Economic Development/Great Bend Main Street announced that a project in Great Bend has been selected by Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland as one of the recipients of the Residential Opportunities on Main Street (ROOMS) program. This program will provide $50,000 each to eight projects in designated Kansas Main Street communities to create new residential units in the upper floors of downtown buildings. 

Multiple property owners in Great Bend applied for the grant, demonstrating their serious commitment to revitalizing Great Bend’s Main Street properties, said Economic Development Director Sara Arnberger.

Great Bend Economic Development/Main Street is pleased to see so many local property owners’ efforts toward positive progress in the historic buildings on Main Street, she stated in a news release. 

The Department of Commerce has announced the selection of awarded projects, tasking designated Main Street organizations with delivering this exciting news to property owners. This grant marks a pivotal moment for downtown Great Bend, facilitating the development of three new one- and two-bedroom units owned by Hammond Inc.

“Tammy Hammond has long been a key figure in downtown development, and we are thrilled that this grant will support yet another successful property renovation,” Arnberger stated. 

Property owners and applicants underwent a competitive process, showcasing their dedication to reviving their downtown commercial districts. Great Bend Economic Development/Main Street is proud to be one of 30 active Designated communities participating in the Kansas Main Street program.