Downton Mount Pleasant

Downtown Mount Pleasant, one of 14 communities to receive a Downtown Improvement grant of $150,000.

Mount Pleasant was one of 14 communities awarded funding through a downtown improvement grant.

The recipients of the fund were announced Oct. 21 by Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe.

The program is an expansion of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) commercial façade grant program.

“We gave out our first grants in 2013,” said Brooxie Carlton, assistant commissioner for rural development. “This year we expanded the program to also include public improvements rather than only façade improvements. We also increased the maximum grant award from $100,000 to $150,000.”

Donna Morency, director of Mount Pleasant Community Development Corporation, said a total of 12 businesses filled out a pre-application survey that was included in the application.

The grant, totaling $150,000, is designed to help rural communities with the revitalization of their historic downtowns.

“This grant can be used in our downtown historical commercial district,” Morency said.

The grant can be used for windows, doors, painting, canopies, and repointing of bricks. Outside seating is also included in the square.

“As you probably know, Mount Pleasant is getting ready to begin the first phase of the Downtown Renovation project,” Morency said. “This project includes replacing sewer, water, gas lines, underground electric lines and ADA entries to all the businesses and new sidewalks.”

Morency said improvements will attract new businesses, increase the tax base and make it more inviting to residents and visitors.

“My hope for Mount Pleasant is to maintain our small, hometown feel, to protect our historical assets, and to create a community where all feel welcome.”

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