Federal and State Partnerships help the Downtown Redevelopment Project Move Forward in Darien
Groundbreaking will Mark Construction of the Village’s New Municipal Building
DARIEN, WI – NOVEMBER 22, 2013 – Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch joined the Community Development Authority of the Village of Darien, village officials, local leaders, and federal representatives for a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the commencement of construction of the village’s new municipal building.
The building will house both the village offices and the police department, and will be located in the historic downtown business district. The Village of Darien currently has administrative and police offices in two separate buildings, both 70-plus years old and in need of significant upgrades. By consolidating the Village Hall and Police Department into one expanded facility, the village will have both cost and efficiency savings. This project includes a remodel of the existing village-owned building, demolition of several old, vacant adjacent buildings and the construction of a new addition. The project will help to revitalize the downtown area and the community.
“This is the perfect combination of government working for the people. This is the first investment for our historical downtown redevelopment program. The Village of Darien purchased this property ten years ago with hopes of building a Municipal Building. After years of saving, and the help of WEDC and the USDA Rural Development program, this is nothing short of a dream come true for our residents. We could not have funded this project without their assistance,” said Dean Logterman, Chairperson of the Community Development Authority of the Village of Darien.
The Community Development Authority of the Village of Darien received a $1,473,000 Community Facilities Direct Loan from USDA Rural Development and a $50,000 Community Development Investment Grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The Community Development Investment Grant is a new program, and the Village of Darien is the first community to receive this Grant.
“At USDA Rural Development, we are committed to ensuring that rural communities remain economically competitive by offering residents access to quality and essential community facilities, health centers, school buildings, and reliable emergency equipment and services,” said Lori Wells, USDA Rural Development Assistant to the State Director. “This project is a great example of how collaboration on all levels, from federal to local, can make a positive impact on the lives of Wisconsin residents and their communities.”
“WEDC is pleased to work with USDA Rural Development to assist the Village of Darien on a much-needed project that will help revitalize the community’s downtown,” said Reed Hall, WEDC’s CEO and Secretary. “A vibrant, thriving downtown area is crucial when it comes to fostering economic development in Wisconsin, and Darien is one of dozens of communities we are working with to achieve that goal.”
USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Programs provides financial assistance for the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Loans, guarantees and grants are available to public entities for the construction, purchase, and/or renovation of various essential community facilities. These facilities include schools, libraries, childcare centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation projects.
Each year more than 100 rural communities in Wisconsin receive assistance from USDA Rural Development for community-improvement and public-safety projects.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned over $832 million dollars this past year to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds are used to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technological infrastructures. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.