The City of Oxford Junction received two grants — one for water and sewer infrastructure and a second for derelict buildings.
The city was granted $300,000 to make sanitary sewer improvements. The funding is part of the federally funded Community Development Block Grant program administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
Grants are awarded based upon the benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, financial need, project impact and readiness, and commitment of local resources to the project.
Oxford Junction also received $30,000 from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Derelict Buildings Grant Program. The program helps such communities to deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.
The city will use the $30,000 to renovate an old masonry building. The city plans to offer the structure for sale with commercial space on the main level and residential rentals on the second floor.