St. Ansgar has received a $100,000 grant from the state to help pay for improvements to Sportsman's.
The Catalyst Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority will go toward interior and exterior improvements to the 110-year-old building in downtown St. Ansgar.
Part of the project will include rehabilitation of the two apartment units above the bar and grill so they can be rented again, according to Luke Porisch, president of the St. Ansgar Economic Development Corporation.
The total cost of the project is $212,500.
The Catalyst Grant, plus $2,500 to be provided by St. Ansgar Economic Development, will help offset that cost for owners Chuck and Judy Hansen.
The city of St. Ansgar will abate 100 percent of the improvements to the assessed value of the building for five years.
The Hansens have owned Sportsman's for more than 20 years, according to Porisch.
"The next generation is getting involved in the business now," he said.
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This year's Catalyst Grant recipients were announced on April 11.
St. Ansgar and the 28 other communities in Iowa receiving the grants were recognized during a ceremony that night during a Rural Summit in Grinnell.
The grants assist with the redevelopment or rehabilitation of buildings to stimulate economic growth and investment.
This is the second year the grants have been awarded.
St. Ansgar officials chose Sportsman's as the project for its grant application.
Porisch said the project is good for the city because it will keep a downtown business in good shape and provide some much-needed apartment housing.
Porisch said St. Ansgar officials first learned about the grant in October, and only had one month before the deadline to apply.