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Center Scores $1.45 Million Grant for Hellmann Lumber Building, Other Projects

The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington landed a $1.45 million grant from The Kresge Foundation, a $3 billion private, national foundation headquartered in the Detroit area.

The foundation works to expand opportunities in America's cities via grants and investments in arts & culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development.

The Center previously received funding from Kresge for its Shotgun Row project in Covington's Westside neighborhood. The new funding announced on Tuesday will be delivered over the course of thee years and will be used to continue the Center's efforts towards creative placemaking. That will include the redevelopment of the vacant, historic Hellmann Lumber Building on Martin Luther King Boulevard, which the Center won at auction last fall.

Other efforts will include the promotion of neighborhood stabilization and fighting blight as well as improving conditions for existing residents. Some funds will go towards staff support. The majority of the funds will be used in Covington's Westside where the Center has focused much of its redevelopment efforts over the past seven years.

"We are thrilled to begin this exciting work at the same time that Covington is celebrating its bicentennial," the Center said in a statement.
-Staff report
Photo: Hellmann Lumber Building