Cottage Grove to receive $5 million from American Rescue Plan to revitalize downtown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cottage Grove will receive a $5
million grant funded by the American Rescue Plan to support revitalization of
its downtown historic commercial district, the U.S. Department of Commerce
announced Tuesday.

The grant will revitalize five blocks of Main Street in
Cottage Grove by installing new landscaping, utilities improvements, and
updated ADA compliance features.

$1.3 million in local funds will also be used for the
project and is expected to create 33 jobs, retain 27 jobs and generate $650,000
in private investment.

“This federal investment will spark jobs for
Oregonians, help longstanding small businesses in downtown Cottage Grove and
generate opportunities for new small businesses in the city’s historic
commercial district,” said Senator Ron Wyden. “I’m gratified the
American Rescue Plan I was proud to support is making a real difference on Main
Street in Cottage Grove.”

“So many communities across Oregon were greatly
impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways big and small, and we need to keep looking
for creative paths forward to help them recover and grow, like this
revitalization plan for Cottage Grove,” said Senator Jeff Merkley.
“The [Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s]
funding going to the city’s historic downtown will enhance its economy and
create dozens of good-paying jobs. I am excited to see how the investments will
uplift Cottage Grove for years to come.”