Norfolk Wins Downtown Development Grants

NORFOLK — Downtown Norfolk will be seeing more enhancements in the near future.

The City of Norfolk was awarded two $350,000 grants from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to improve the downtown area this week. One will go to street, sidewalk and infrastructure improvements along Braasch Avenue while the other will help continue facade improvements and finance the development of a community gathering space.

Community Planner Jan Merrill says community input was critical to getting these grants.

“The city is very fortunate because they have the support of the community and they give valuable ideas and thoughts,” Merrill said.

The City surveyed residents living in the target area and held a series of town hall meetings to gain input. The survey indicated that street improvements were the most desired action, so the Braasch project moved forward.

The community gathering space, which will be known as Riverfront Square, will be next to the Johnny Carson mural at 3rd and Norfolk. Merrill says having a new event space will continue to enhance downtown.

“It will draw citizens and other residents of the area to downtown and that will grow the economy of the city,” Merrill said.

The City can apply for another $350,000 once these projects are complete

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