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Church receives grant money to restore historic Ewart Park home

Historic Columbus Foundation has given St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church at $30,000 grant, together with an anonymous $30,000 grant from another foundation, to seed a neighborhood preservation effort in histoic Ewart Park. The project will begin with a home on Forsyth Street, which will be the first of several in the neighborhood to be restored. From left: Jim Jackson, James Jones, Pastor Lela K. Pendleton, HCF Director Elizabeth Barker, Justin Krieg, Bennie Newroth and Willie Wells.
Historic Columbus Foundation has given St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church at $30,000 grant, together with an anonymous $30,000 grant from another foundation, to seed a neighborhood preservation effort in histoic Ewart Park. The project will begin with a home on Forsyth Street, which will be the first of several in the neighborhood to be restored. From left: Jim Jackson, James Jones, Pastor Lela K. Pendleton, HCF Director Elizabeth Barker, Justin Krieg, Bennie Newroth and Willie Wells. Special to the Ledger-Enquirer/D

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.

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