A few Parsons residents and a city commissioner on Monday questioned the approval of funds for a commercial property owner under the city’s new main thoroughfare appearance grant policy, but the economic development director stood behind the decision.
A city staff committee approved a $3,000 grant for Larry Allen Motor Car Co. to have a fire-damaged apartment building at 1600 Belmont demolished. …
The city commission approved on June 6 on a 4-0 vote a main thoroughfare appearance grant program that allows the city staff committee to approve grants from $1,000 to $5,000 to be used to significantly repair or demolish properties along all of Main Street, 16th Street (U.S. 59) and the Corning bypass connecting the two streets as well as properties near all of the intersections of those streets. This year, $15,000 was allocated to the program.
Zaleski proposed the program because in visiting with many of the city’s largest employers late last year, he learned that one of their top concerns was the appearance of the city’s main thoroughfares.
(Read more: Parsons Sun)