The State funds two community development projects in the capital

Jefferson City is receiving more than $2.5 million in public funding to support two community development projects.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Wednesday that it has awarded $2 million to Cole County EMS to build a new downtown train station and Transformation Housing $575,760 to renovate 101 Jackson St. into housing apartments. temporary.

“It’s huge,” said Transformational Housing Vice President Mark Kiekhaefer. “Huge!”

Transformational Housing is using the entire state grant to renovate the building at 101 Jackson St., which the nonprofit took possession of in April.

Kiekhaefer said he expects an 18-24 month renovation process to transform the historic building into two three-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments for a total of five new units. The nonprofit is also looking to create a parking lot at 504 E. State St. to provide off-street parking for apartments. The exterior of 101 Jackson St. will be repaired to maintain the historic character of the neighborhood, as requested by the city.

The apartments will serve as transitional housing for low-income people moving to more stable living conditions. The renovation process and the resulting apartments will be similar to what Transformation Housing did at 203 Cherry St., Kiekhaefer said.

The nonprofit is also receiving a grant from United Way on Thursday, which Kiekhaefer says will be used to complete the first stage of repairing and securing the roof of 101 Jackson St. Leaks in the roof after the tornado in 2019 caused water damage, he said.

“It will take a little longer than our work at 203 Cherry, but again, we’re thrilled to have this grant,” Kiekhaefer said.

Transformational Housing spent around $325,000 to renovate the Cherry Street building and relied on donations from local churches, individuals and banks to do so. Kiekhaefer said the costs for the project at 101 Jackson St. will be close to the amount of funding the nonprofit receives in grants to complete it.

The non-profit organization is still looking for volunteers to help with some renovations and mentor transitional residents who will be staying in the apartments once completed.

“Our project fits the purpose for which these funds were to be used, so we feel we are in line with what they wanted this money to be used for,” Kiekhaefer said.

Transformational Housing was one of 41 projects funded by the Missouri Department of Economic Development with $41.2 million in community development block grants. Funding for the grants came from the state’s regular Community Development Block Grant program, said Amy Berendzen, director of communications for the department. Berendzen said the department will soon release guidelines for community revitalization grants funded by U.S. federal dollars from the U.S. Bailout Act.

Cole County EMS is also receiving a community development block grant from state, city and county officials, announced in April.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has approved a $2 million grant to fund construction of a new EMS station across from the county jail on Adams Street.

Jefferson City applied for the grant because the new station will be located in the city and received the full amount allowed under the grant program.

The planned $2.8 million construction project will be largely covered by the grant. The remaining costs will be covered by the half-cent sales tax for the EMS service.

The 11,250 square foot facility will be a two-level station with three bays and will allow Cole County EMS to have two ambulances operating in downtown Jefferson City 24 hours a day.

EMS chief Eric Hoy said he hoped to open the facility by the end of the year.

Norma P. Rex