The Lift Bridge Community Association has been awarded $30,000 which it will use to improve the historic Ashtabula Harbor, including adding bike racks and new signs.
Half of the money will be funded through a Community Development Block Grant obtained by the Ashtabula County Commissioners from the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Development. Matching funds were provided by the Ashtabula Civic Development Corp. ($10,000), and the Ashtabula County Revolving Loan Fund ($5,000).
The association has been working with city, county and regional partners for the past nine months developing strategies and implementing specific steps toward projects in the Harbor Historic District that were identified in several Ashtabula studies and plans in the past.
So far, steps to develop the revitalization plan include:
- Building and infrastructure surveys that have been completed in the Harbor Historic District;
- Assistance given to Metroparks on an Ohio Department of Natural Resources application for North Shore Trail;
- The Lift Bridge Community Association is working with a group of Harbor High School alumni on placing a memorial at the site of the former high school, and;
- Improvements to Walnut Beach are being discussed.
A public meeting will be held at 5 p.m. June 25 in City Council chambers at City Hall, 4717 Main Ave., to review the process, projects and steps that need to be taken to continue the revitalization efforts in the Harbor District and National Register Area. Comments from the public are welcome.
The meeting is a requirement of the CDBG and the city will need to adopt the revitalization plan after comments are received.