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Brownstown Town Council Undecided On Fate Of Mill

Last updated on Thursday, January 3, 2013

(BROWNSTOWN) - Members of the Brownstown Town Council discussed whether or not the town should re-apply for a grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Eric DiBlasi, Jr. of The Jackson County Banner reports that the town, along with Brownstown Ewing Main Street, previously sought funding through to raze the former feed mill and empty building on the adjoining lot in the 100 block of East Walnut Street, also known as the feed mill block, on Brownstown's square.

They were denied the original grant since the downtown area is on Indiana's historic registry and they had the intention of tearing down the buildings.

Town Council President John Nolting explained, should the town re-apply they have to show they have looked for perspective developers. So far they have not found any.

Should the town receive the grant and the buildings are torn down they will have to place a marker that states the former feed mill used to be on the site, since it is part of a historical block.

The town of Brownstown would have to provide between 10 and 15 percent of the matching funds if the grant is awarded or about $15,000, according to Brownstown Clerk-Treasurer David Willey.

Council member are not sure what the land will be used for once the buildings are gone. There have been talks of making it a green space with picnic tables and possibly a permanent stage for community concerts and gatherings. McCormick says that one possibility for the reuse of the facades would be incorporating them as part of the stage.

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