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Central City Gets Funds for Main Street

CENTRAL CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Central City's efforts to redevelop its Mainstreet are seeing more progress thanks to new funds.

The Linn County board of supervisors awarded the city's Main street program 7,000 dollars this month for economic development.

Central city's main street has been around for a long time, it's the oldest Main street program in Linn County.

Which is why keeping it alive and booming is so vital to the central city community.

"Just being a block off of Main Street was enough to make a difference, says Nanette Meeker, whos the proud owner of Central City Family Pharmacy.

"Love the town here. People are very loyal like small town pharmacy, she said.

She says that loyalty remains strong thanks to her shop's location.

"The benefits of Main Street are visibility. I had no idea there was this much traffic on Main Street when I was two blocks that way. Just having people know you're here is a huge difference, she said.

That traffic is what central city leaders hope to maintain in the downtown area.

"Basically, the Main street approach is historic preservation and economic development, said City Administrator, LaNeil McFadden.

McFadden says rehabilitating their Main street has been an ongoing effort.

"It was essential that we started working on trying to at least save our buildings. That was our first concern, she said

That's why the new funds from Linn County will go to central city's general funds for Main Street, because renovated buildings and an attractive downtown is good for business.

"It deals with, not only your building fabric, your historic building fabric, but it also deals with businesses. So that if you have business that wants to come to town, you can find a place for them to locate, McFadden said.

"And the more businesses, there are here, the more it helps all of us, said Meeker.

Central city has had 49 building rehabilitation projects since its main street program took off back in 2000. McFadden says they now have about five buildings left to work on.
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