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

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


By:  News Staff

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."