Groundbreaking events will be held Thursday in the city of Woodburn and the town of Grabill to celebrate the start of construction of downtown streetscape improvements. The projects are receiving funding as a result of the region’s 2018 Stellar Communities designation.
The first groundbreaking will be at 1 p.m. in downtown Woodburn. Woodburn’s project will be the second phase of streetscape improvements within the last five years and will cover Main Street from Becker Road to Carl Street. The project will include ADA compliant ramps and complete sidewalks with the addition of pavers, new lighting, plant openings, and drainage upgrades.
The second groundbreaking is set for 3 p.m. at the Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Grabill. The project will target a two-block segment along Grabill Road/State Street and Main Street to 1st Street. The planned improvements will include new sidewalks and lighting, as well as upgrades to the storm sewer and water system.
“We tried to get funding for this project 20 years ago and thanks to the New Allen Alliance, it’s finally reality,” said Grabill’s Town Council President Wilmer DeLagrange.
The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and was awarded to the NewAllen Alliance, which was one of two regions to receive the Stellar designation. The alliance is made up of Grabill, Leo-Cedarville, Monroeville, New Haven, Woodburn and Allen County.
Both projects are expected to start this spring and will be complete by July.