As Greencastle Builds, Next Round Of Stellar Grants Offered

Greencastle and North Vernon received cash in the first round of Stellar Communities grants in 2011.

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Greencastle will use part of its grant to lead people onto the DePauw campus and toward East College -- the building which began the school in earnest.

The state is looking for a second round of cities to sign up to become “stellar communities.” The program selects small cities and towns for a year of state-funded community projects. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Department of Transportation join together to support multiple projects in those communities.

The “Stellar Communities” program began last year with grants to Greencastle and North Vernon. Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray says though there‘s a lot of steps to be completed, her town’s improvement plan is underway.

“The first things that we are going to be seeing are downtown facade construction- the first phase of that,” Murray says. “We will be infusing about $1 million in downtown facade. We‘re also working on a new entrance to DePauw University– rebuilding off one of the streets that lead right into the historic East College area of DePauw.”

Housing, roadwork, and community revitalization projects are among those eligible for funding.

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