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Mount Blanchard gets state grant for upgrades

The Hancock Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a $300,000 grant for upgrades to the village of Mount Blanchard.

The Neighborhood Revitalization Grant is awarded by the Ohio Office of Community Development.

Money from the grant will be combined with $110,000 from other grant sources to pay for $410,000 in improves to the village.

The program will upgrade 2,000 feet of water lines, resurface over a mile of streets, replace 1,700 feet of deteriorating sidewalks, install eight decorative street lights, construct a new shelter house in the village park and install two new “Welcome to Mount Blanchard” signs.

Revitalization grants are meant to improve the quality of life, livability and functionality of distressed areas and neighborhoods through targeted investment in public facilities in low-and moderate-income neighborhoods.

The planning commission administers grant programs for Findlay, Hancock County and other entities. It has secured $24 million in grants since its establishment in 2004.  The commission also provides professional planning and development services to its members and associate members.

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