New grant could transform downtown Eagle Point

Eagle Point, Ore. — For many small towns, “Main Street” is the center of the community, where residents, like Tisha Oehmen, head to meet, eat and go about their day.

That’s no different in Eagle Point, but difficult times have left some buildings in the heart of the town vacant and run down.

“Everybody would like to see the vacant buildings filled with a vibrant business, that’s number one for anyone doing business in downtown,” said Oehman.

A new $20,000 grant program from the City of Eagle Point could change that.

City of Eagle Point Planning Director Mike Upston said, “You could come in with new store-front, awnings, paint, signs, window, planter boxes, benches — all kinds of things to make the fronts of our buildings prettier downtown.” Good news for those who call this all American Main Street, their street.

Oehman added, “Any time we can take what’s there and make it better, make it a little more pedestrian friendly, business friendly, that’s a wonderful thing.”`

The grant will reimburse up to $5,000 for business front improvements — but those improvements have to be approved by city administrators.

You can get an application at Eagle Point City Hall or on the City of Eagle Point website.

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