County still considering GROW building as new Prairie 5 space

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Bids have been received for the renovation of the GROW building in downtown Benson, however, before work takes place there is the question of who will own the building yet to be resolved.

It has been proposed that the former Clark’s Rexall and Lewis Drug building on Atlantic Avenue be the new home for Prairie 5 Community Action’s food shelf and clothing facility. Before it would move in, a good deal of remodeling work is needed. Just who will pay for that work depends on who the owner of the building is when the work is done.

If a government entity owns it, the building is not eligible for the Small Cities Development Program grant funds the City of Benson has available.

In the summer of 2017, the City of Benson was awarded a $638,250 Small Cities grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fix up business and residential properties in the downtown area of the city...


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