A 2nd (and final) public hearing for the Grabill Streetscape improvement project is scheduled for December 10th at the Fudergong at 6:30pm.

Due to COVID-19, a virtual conference for those who prefer not to attend in person will also be available. Please see the details in the public hearing notice highlighted below and also available here: Public Hearing #2 Notice

Support Letters: Community support letters are needed to provide important evidence of need for the project. Please see example letter to show the type of information needed. Please submit letters of support before Dec. 10, 2020.  Letter of Support

Business Owner Survey: Completed surveys are needed to help answer specific questions in the application. If you haven’t done so already, please fill out and return ASAP!  Business Owner Survey

Comment Sheet: If you are unable to attend the public hearing but would like to make a public comment to be included in the official record, please send comments by Dec. 10, 2020 as described in the notice below.


Town of Grabill, Indiana

On or about December 18, 2020 the Town of Grabill, Indiana intends to apply to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for a grant from the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP). This program is funded by Title I of the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. These funds are to be used for a community development streetscape improvement project that will include new sidewalks, streetlights, planter boxes, trash receptacles, pavement restoration and resurfacing, and upgrades to the storm sewer and water main. The total amount of CDBG funds to be requested is $750,000. The amount of CDBG funds proposed to be used for activities for the elimination of blighted areas is $750,000. The amount of CDBG funds proposed to be used for activities that will benefit low-and moderate-income (LMI) persons is $286,050 (38.14% LMI). The Applicant also proposes to expend an estimated $182,400 in non-CDBG funds on the project. These non-CDBG funds will be derived from the following sources: Economic Development (CEDIT) Fund.

The Town of Grabill will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fudergong Building located at 13720 First Street, Grabill, IN 46741, and via Zoom video and telephone conference, to provide interested parties an opportunity to express their views on the proposed federally funded CDBG/MSRP project. A representative from DLZ Engineering Inc. will be present to provide information on the streetscape enhancement project and receive public comments. Persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons who wish to attend the public hearing and need assistance should contact Cynthia Barhydt, Clerk/Treasurer, at 260-627-5227 ext. 1, not later than December 4, 2020. Every effort will be made to make reasonable accommodations for these persons. An oral or written translation of the public notice will be available upon request. (Una traducción oral o escrita del aviso público estará disponible en español a solicitud).

Preliminary Engineering documents and information related to this project will be available for review prior to the public hearing as of November 30, 2020 at the Grabill Town Hall, 13717 First Street, Grabill IN 46741, by calling Cynthia Barhydt for a scheduled appointment at 260-627-5227 ext. 1. Interested citizens are invited to provide comments at the public hearing or by written statement. Written comments should be submitted to the Town of Grabill c/o NIRCC, Attn: Kristine Christlieb, Grant Manager, 200 E. Berry St., Suite 230, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 or email comments to Kristine.Christlieb@co.allen.in.us no later than December 10, 2020 in order to ensure placement of such comments in the official record of the public hearing proceedings. A plan to minimize displacement and provide assistance to those displaced has been prepared by the Town of Grabill and is also available to the public. This project will result in no displacement of any persons or businesses. For additional information concerning the proposed project, please contact Kristine Christlieb by phone at 260-449-4704 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri) or write to Kristine Christlieb at the contact information provided above.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals wishing to participate in the public hearing remotely can attend via Zoom video conference using the following link: https://taftlaw.zoom.us/j/98265668412 and entering Passcode: 811759 or by calling (312) 626 6799 and entering Passcode: 811759.

For those individuals participating or attending the public hearing in person, efforts will be made to accommodate social distancing during the public hearing, and the hearing will be held in concurrence with current State and County guidelines. The Town of Grabill requires all attendees to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Individuals who are sick or recently exposed to COVID-19 should not attend in person but submit their questions or comments to Kristine.Christlieb@co.allen.in.us no later than December 10, 2020.