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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw accepts $1,435,350 in grant money from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (right) as Brazil City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens (left) and Linton Mayor Tom Jones (back) look on. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
TERRE HAUTE -- Angie Pappano makes her living writing grants.

Pappano -- a vice president with Kenna Consulting -- said writing up the latest grant for the City of Brazil was a difficult task.

"It was more in depth than any application I've ever written," Pappano said.

But Wednesday, Pappano and officials with the city saw her efforts come to fruition as the city received $1,435,350 in grant money through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman traveled from Indianapolis to the Terre Haute International Airport Wednesday to award mayors from four Wabash Valley cities grant money through the program.

"They're all great partners in progress," Skillman said. "With me are leaders that have great plans for revitalization. There are a number of communities that are struggling with mortgage default. This allows for properties to be demolished and revitalized.

"These cities had the cream of the crop with plans in place."

According to information provided by the state, Brazil had applied for $2,870,700.

City officials have told The Brazil Times they plan to use the grant money for an area west of Depot Street, between United States 40 and Hendrix Street.

According to a release from the state, the city will be "undertaking six units of acquisition/rehabilitation, seven units of acquisition/redevelopment, three unit of demolition and land banking seven further units for future development."

The city plans also to use some of the money to assist eight individuals or families become homeowners.

"We have great plans for this," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said Wednesday.

Officials from the cities of Terre Haute, Linton and Bicknell also received grant money Wednesday.

Other cities statewide receiving grants included Tell City, Gosport, Huntingburg, Indianapolis, New Castle, Columbus, Lafayette, East Chicago, Michigan City, Muncie, Mishawaka, Hartford City and Walkerton.

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does this mean we get the streets fixed?

-- Posted by nobob on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 9:52 PM

This is great news. Brazil can continue to make progress with this money. Congratulations!!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Thu, Jun 11, 2009, at 6:10 AM

I am seriously doubting thata tax free grant given to help housing can be used to fix streets. I think the same would apply if a street grant was used to fix housing.

Any improvemnts to our town has to start with one step at a time!

Good job! I am happy to hear that there are local government folks doing their best to improve our town. Thank you!

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, Jun 12, 2009, at 7:23 AM

I am glad that the city got this grant to improve the city, why worry about the homes that are already condemed, we have a problem in this town besides the streets. It's the sewers and drainage.Most of you remember the flood last year, some of us are still dealling with the aftermath of that disaster. I was told that if they had put in a retention pond on Murphy Ave like they had proposed alot of us wouldn't have flooded.Protect the homes and families that are working hard, struggling to rebuild and trying to keep from foreclosure. I only hope that if the city goes forth to rebuild the Depot street area they consider helping to place families who lost everything to the floods. We are very fortunate to have family and friends to help us through, we were lucky to still have a home. I want to thank everyone who had helped out, it's tough to deal with a disaster, it's easier with support.

-- Posted by brazilliangirl on Fri, Jun 12, 2009, at 9:45 PM

nobob, no. the grant was for revitalization only and nothing else. the state allowed any city to apply for the grant but only a few would get it. this city was one of the lucky ones to receive it.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sat, Jun 13, 2009, at 9:48 PM

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