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Main street association gets store-front grant

Award gets fund raising
2/3 of the way to goal

Staff writer

Peabody Main Street Association has received another grant for the Baker Lofts storefront project. Executive Director Shane Marler received confirmation March 8 that Kansas Main Street had approved a $20,000 grant application.

“We’re almost there,” Marler said.

The grant from Kansas Main Street, delivered in two disbursements of $18,500 and $1,500, is in addition to the grant announced Feb. 22 from the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office for $75,910 and the grant for $1,538 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Thus far in 2012, we have received grant allocations of almost $100,000,” he said. “I think 2012 has been a pretty good year thus far.”

The total cost of the Baker Lofts storefront project is an estimated $151,821. That figure includes a 20 percent contingency amount to handle unforeseen expenses, Marler said.

“That is built in as a safety net,” he added.

Marler also said it was not likely that the community would qualify for additional grant money for the storefront project.

“That will leave us with a shortage of about $50,000,” he said. “We still have some serious fundraising to do to fill the void.”

Businesses and individuals can make tax-deductible donations to Peabody Main Street for the Baker Lofts storefront project. Peabody Main Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, contact Marler at the Peabody Main Street office, (620) 983-2113.

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