Preserving History, Still Moving Forward

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History lets us know where we’ve been and where we plan to go. 

For one local community, they’re hoping to restore their town to mirror its legacy all the while moving towards the future. 

The city of Brazil has taken the first steps to qualify the town for a facade grant program. 

They’re hoping to win a $400,000 state grant through “OCRA.”     

“We’re trending in the right direction, which is great so I look for good things to come yet,” says Mayor Brian Wyndham. 

Brick by brick.

District by district.

The city of Brazil hopes to restore its historical value. 

The goal is put new facades, that have an old-fashioned appeal, on downtown buildings. 

“It certainly gives a freshened look to our downtown area,” says the mayor.  

A perfect example of what to expect…just take a look at Lynn’s Pharmacy. 

“The town doesn’t look like it’s a ghost town or on it’s last leg,” says Lynn Hostetler. “It looks like it’s going to be prosperous and so that says something of the community.” 

The community as a whole is behind the effort prompted by the Clay County Redevelopment Commission. 

“The people appreciate taking care of their community,” says Hostetler. 

“It’s great that we’re able to play a part in this,” says Mayor Wyndham. “It’s great to see people take pride in their city. We see a lot of that going on and there’s just a tremendous amount of people out there trying to make this happen and with a lot of success it’s getting done.”

The next steps that the city needs to complete are to applying in early 2018 for the “OCRA” grant, then putting the dollars to use through various groups in town, like the Rotary Club.  

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