Residential Demolition Program Making a Difference


Residential Demolition Program Making a Difference, Now Available for Commercial Buildings

(October 4, 2016) – Burt County has seen the demolition of ten abandoned or neglected houses since the start of Burt County Economic Development’s Residential Demolition Program, which began in May of this year. Over $32,000 has been paid out to both individuals and city governments who have been approved and completed their demolition. There are still funds available to fund more tear-downs.

In a 2014 County-wide Housing Study completed by Hanna: Keelan Associates, it was noted that 38 structures were rated “dilapidated” or not cost effective to be rehabilitated, and should be demolished. The Residential Demolition Program, funded by a $75,000 grant from the Donald E. Nielsen Foundation, addresses this need. The program funds 50% of the cost of demolishing these houses.

“The goal is to improve the quality of life for families that live nearby. It enhances the appearance of the neighborhoods and opens up lots for potential new housing development,” said Patty Plugge, Executive Director of Burt County Economic Development Corporation.

Funding is still available for additional demolitions. The grant is available for all properties within the city limits of the five Burt County communities.

Initially only available for residential projects, the Nielsen Foundation granted an additional $125,000 for commercial building demolition projects. Applicants can receive up to 50% of the total demo cost, with a maximum of $15,000 per application. The first round of commercial demolitions will run from October 1 – October 31st.

“Several communities had asked about using the initial funds for commercial demo. The need was definitely there, and luckily the Nielsen Foundation saw the benefit of the additional funding,” said Plugge.

Complete detail of the Demolition Guidelines and Application for Residential or Commercial Properties are available at www.burtcoedc.com, or can be obtained at each of the city/village offices.

Photo Courtesy of Patty Plugge/BCEDC

Photo Courtesy of Patty Plugge/BCEDC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burt and Cuming County Economic Development Receive Grant From Nielsen Foundation


Burt County Economic Development Corporation and Cuming County Economic Development are pleased to announce they have received a $150,000 grant from the Donald E. Nielsen Foundation. The funds will be used for a housing demolition program in each of the counties, which will be administered by their respective economic development organizations. The goal of the program is to assist communities and/or individuals in funding the demolition of dilapidated residential structures.

 

Both counties have an issue with an aging housing stock. According to Burt and Cuming County housing studies, there are over 300 plus houses that are in poor and dilapidated condition within the two-county area. Both counties are crafting their own unique plans that will address this issue.

 

Burt County will begin taking applications for their demolition program in January 1 through March 31, 2016. Applications can be submitted by either the property owner or by the governmental entity. Each grant that is allocated will cover no more than 50% of the total demolition cost. Each community can receive funding for no more than two houses per funding cycle. Grant cycles will repeat as funding allows.

 

“In discussions with community leaders, they were ready to do something about dilapidated and abandoned houses, but often lacked the funding. This program was a direct result of listening to the needs of the communities,” said Patty Plugge, director of Burt County Economic Development Corporation. “We are currently partnering with Cuming County on another possible housing project. It just makes sense to work together on common issues, when possible.”

 

For more information on the guidelines and application process for the Burt County Demolition Program, visit http://www.burtcoedc.com or contact Patty Plugge at 402-374-2953.

Pictured are: L to R  Garry Clark, Cuming County Economic Development, Clarence Mock, Donald E. Nielsen Foundation, Patty Plugge, Burt Co. Economic Development. Photo courtesy of Patty Plugge.

Pictured are: L to R Garry Clark, Cuming County Economic Development, Clarence Mock, Donald E. Nielsen Foundation, Patty Plugge, Burt Co. Economic Development. Photo courtesy of Patty Plugge.

 

 

 

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