Washington holds open house for proposed changes to its historic downtown

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WASHINGTON, Ill. — The City of Washington held an informational open house Thursday to explained proposed improvements to its historic downtown square.

The plan is estimated to cost $2 million. Washington council will apply for $1.6 million in federal grants in December for the project. The remaining $400,000 will come from local TIF funds.

Washington’s public works director Ed Andrews views the project as an opportunity to upgrade Washington Square.

“It gives us an opportunity to address ADA compliance, as those requirements are refined over the years and upgraded we find that what was built 20-30 years ago is in need of upgrading and replacement under current conditions,” Andrews said.

If the city gets the grants for the project in spring 2020 as planned the construction would start in spring of 2022.

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