Fairmount needed a minimum of $100,000 to qualify for the match, and were able to meet the requirement. The added funds will further help the repairs on Main Street.
The Office of Community and Rural Affairs is supplying the funding for the project.
The grant was written by Tina Mendenhall, a grant writer who has been active in the Fairmount community for many years.
“This project will have a large impact on the downtown area. The project has shown public support, and received public input,” Mendenhall said.
New street lamps will be installed along Main Street and will hold bulbs with new LED technology that will save energy and help make the area look more appealing.
“(The street lights) will probably be the biggest thing, especially after dark,” Fairmount city councilman, Richard Treon, said.
New sidewalks will be poured as well, and will allow for a safer and more appealing walking experience for pedestrians in the area as well. Currently, the sidewalks between Second Street and Madison Street are rough and cracked in many places, and will be fixed with the provided funds.
In addition, the city of Fairmount has also purchased a former pharmacy building on the corner of First Street and Main Street which will be removed and replaced with a lot for vehicles to expand the available parking space downtown.
The project is scheduled to begin in the spring of next year, which will give enough time for completion before James Dean Days in the fall.