City of Adel Historic Preservation Grant
The City of Adel offers a historic grant made for buildings located in historic downtown Adel. Please click here for more information and to download a grant application.
Community Development Block Grant
In 2013, the City of Adel was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in an amount not to exceed $500,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).
This grant funding will be used to revitalize the City's historic downtown courthouse square district and will involve a comprehensive façade improvement project. The project includes a City and private building owner match, bringing the total available funds to nearly $1 million.
Please check this page in the coming months for more updates. The latest news is below!
At the December 10, 2013, council meeting, RDG Planning & Design out of Des Moines was selected by the council as the architect for the CDBG project. Karina Ward, the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Director, was selected as the Project Manager.
In early 2014, RDG held individual meetings with each building owner participating in the project. RDG is currently working on the designs for each building.
By April 2014, RDG will conduct another meeting with each building owner to review the designs and make minor adjustments. Bid documents will be drafted after the designs have been reviewed.
The second round of meetings with RDG will be held the third week of April, 2014. These meetings between the buildings and the architect will finalize the drafts and plans for each building. According to Karina Ward, the project manager, the overall process is proceeding well.
Several buildings have dropped out of the grant project due to the timeline. These buildings have decided to exit the project to accelerate their individual construction plans and improvements. Because these buildings have exited the project, more money is available to the remaining 20 participants.
RDG anticipates construction to begin after the Sweet Corn Festival in August, 2014. While some work will be performed simultaneously on all the participating buildings, most work on each building will occur during a specific time period.
After minor revisions were made based on recommendations from the Historic Preservation Commission, the plans were finalized in early July, 2014. RDG met with potential bidders in late July to tour the downtown area and discuss any potential issues and clarifications. The winning bidder will be selected at the Tuesday, August 12, 2014 council meeting.
Construction is anticipated to begin in September, 2014, and will finish by the end of June, 2015.
At the council's August 12, 2014 meeting, Cornerstone Commercial Contractors, Inc. was selected and approved as the winning bidder. The project only received two bids, and Cornerstone's bid was the lowest responsible, responsive bid. The contract with Cornerstone was approved at the council's Tuesday, September 9, 2014 meeting.
RDG, the architect, and Karina, the project manager, met with almost every single building owner(s) to sort out the alternates and discuss the payment schedule. Once the easements are signed and the first payments are received, construction will begin. Due to some changes in the number of participating owners and the low bid, most of the alternate work should be able to be performed. Construction should begin by the end of September 2014.
Construction began at the end of October, 2014. Through the end of 2014 and into the first half of 2015, the downtown square will see work on 16 buildings around the Dallas County Courthouse. Please click here to see the first work of the project.
Please note: All businesses will be open during construction. We encourage you to support them during the construction process.
Viewpoints with Terry Bradshaw
The nationally televised Viewpoints with Terry Bradshaw recently featured the City of Adel on its Cities of Distinction segment. Please enjoy the video below!