2-4-2020 – Development could get grant help

Posted on: February 5th, 2020 by admin

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February 4, 2020

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By GARRETT STELL
GSTELL@NEWSTOPICNEWS.COM

 

 

Feb 04, 2020 2:15 PM

 

Granite Falls will apply for a state grant to help pay for a new assisted living center being built on a site east of Walmart.

 

The Granite Falls Town Council voted Monday night to apply for a Rural Hope grant of up to $500,000 from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Economic Development Division. Hope grants are meant to establish job growth in the health care sector, while also improving health care quality in rural areas. The town has set aside funds to match 5% of any grant amount received.

 

Work on Grace Village Assisting Living Center, a $12 million, 78-bed assisted living facility, began in November and is expected to be finished by the end of 2020. The project by Spartan Holdings has been described as the first phase in developing a retirement community that will include houses and apartments.

 

In other business, the council scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 17 on a proposed expansion of the town’s restrictions on tobacco and vaping products on public property. Currently, the town does not allow use of tobacco products or vapes inside public buildings, but under the proposed policy tobacco products and vapes would be banned on all town-owned properties, including outdoor areas such as the William B. Shuford Recreation Center.

 

Reporter Garrett Stell can be reached at 828-610-8723.

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