Thursday, June 14, 2001

Repair grants available

Council OKs set-aside fund for riot-damaged businesses

By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Businesses damaged by the April rioting in Cincinnati will be able to apply for grants from a $1 million fund to fix their buildings.

        Councilman Phil Heimlich proposed the motion Wednesday, which would set aside $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for businesses that city officials have determined were physically damaged by rioters.

        The motion passed 6-3, with council members Alicia Reece, Paul Booth and Minette Cooper voting against it.

        All three said they wanted more specific information from the city administration on the dollar cost of riot damage to businesses and said that a city loan fund for small businesses set up after the rioting has barely been used.

        “We haven't even determined what the need is yet,” Ms. Reece said.

        Mr. Heimlich said that if all of the money is not used, it can be reallocated by city council.

        “This is a program designed for those who have suffered the most,” Mr. Heimlich said. “It's that simple.”

        The motion passed by council Wednesday asks the city administration to come up with a set of criteria by which grant money will be distributed.

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