Jefferson Matters board members, school administrators, and construction students who will do the work renovating the upper level of an 1886 building on State Street were at the grant presentation.
November 16, 2017
What started as a student design project last school year will become reality this year with the help of a $35,500 Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant awarded to Jefferson Matters: Main Street.
The project is to renovate the upper level of the Prairie Lakes office north of the courthouse on State St to create an apartment and a shared workspace.
The preliminary design for the project was done by Greene County student Colby Aspengren, who is now a junior. Click here for the May 3 GreeneCountyNewsOnline post about the project.
Now that funding is in place, with Prairie Lakes providing the $35,5000 match, students in the construction class will do the work. Aspengren is in the class, gaining more authentic experience with the project.
The Challenge Grants were awarded at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Fourteen bricks and mortar projects received funding in this grant cycle, with a total project cost of more than $2.7million.
This is the second Challenge Grant received by Jefferson Matters; the first was used for the building that is now Sensibly Chic on the south side of the square.