Grant comes through for Nolan’s rebuild

In the heat of the summer season, Nolan’s restaurant burned to the ground. In the fall, the restaurant received approvals to build again, possibly as soon as spring next year.

Now comes information about $416,000 in federal funding that will help the rebuilding process.

The city has received a Community Development Block Grant from the state Office of Community Renewal, which administers the program. The city pursued the grant on behalf of the restaurant owners, who funded the cost associated with the grant request.

The federal money will assist the restaurant owners in reopening the popular eatery on South Main Street. The project is estimated to cost $1.6 million.

The city now is seeking help in administering the grant, according to City Manager John Goodwin. A request for proposals was released Dec. 6, with a deadline set for Jan. 6, 2018.

Administering the grant is “paperwork intensive” and a consultant is needed to do the work, which will result in a payoff for the community, Goodwin said.

“It’s going to be a good economic development project in the city,” Goodwin said. “This does not impact the city other than we get a nice new business out of it.”

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