Historic Columbus Foundation kicked off a new revitalization effort in Ewart Park last week with a grant to begin restoration on the first of several neighborhood homes.
The foundation presented St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church with a $30,000 grant for renovations to a house on Forsyth Street, off Buena Vista Road. The home was donated to the church by a church member.
The long-range vision is to revitalize the neighborhood one house at a time, beginning with the Forsyth Street home. An additional $30,000 grant from another foundation will combine with the Historic Columbus Foundation grant to serve as seed money for the revitalization effort.
“We’re excited because there is a broader vision,” said Elizabeth Barker, the foundation’s executive director.
The Historic Columbus Foundation will also make its facade loan program available as houses begin restoration “to help make a broader impact,” Barker added. The second grant was donated anonymously.