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More housing rehab grants could be available in Galesburg

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio
Grants of up to $60,000 each could be awarded for rehabilitation projects for 8 to 10 single-family, owner-occupied homes.

The city of Galesburg will apply for a $650,000 Community Development Block Grant through the state's housing rehabilitation program.

If awarded, that would provide grants up to $60,000 each for rehabilitation projects for 8 to 10 single-family, owner-occupied homes.

City Manager Gerald Smith said structural, mechanical, and energy-efficient projects would be eligible under the grants.

“There is no match required by the homeowner or the city,” Smith said.

Seven homes were renovated with a similar grant awarded to the city in 2017.

The city council approved applying for the grant at its regular meeting Monday.

Earlier this year, the city rolled out its own housing-improvement program, with grants of up to $4,500 available for low- and moderate-income owner-occupied homes.

The council also agreed to extend the city’s tax freeze program for historic residences, a state program that Galesburg has participated in since 1989.

The program freezes the assessed value of a historic home for eight years during rehabilitation. Then the property’s value is brought back up to market level over four years.

“To be eligible for the program, it does have to be a certified historic structure on the national register, individually or in a national, designated area. Or local historic landmark or local historic district,” said Steve Gugliotta, Director of Community Development.

Few homes have used the program over the years, but it is meant to encourage preservation projects and revitalize neighborhoods.

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Jane Carlson covers west central Illinois and southeast Iowa for Tri States Public Radio.