City gets grant for 133 E. Mill

A $300,000 grant from the USDA will help renovate a building built in 1875 for a start-up cheese themed store and heritage center in downtown Plymouth at 133 E. Mill Street.

The project was announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack stated that “USDA Rural Development’s field structure enables our community-based staff to engage with local partners and, in turn, enables these partners to provide their local small businesses and start-ups access the capital and technical assistance they need to be competitive in today’s global economy.”

Mayor Donald Pohlman said “this unique funding opportunity is one piece of the puzzle to saving perhaps the oldest building in downtown Plymouth as well as building upon our history as Cheese Capital of the World.”

Brian Yerges, City Administrator/Utilities Manager stated that “the USDA grant will establish a new business revolving loan fund (RLF) that will issue an initial 0 percent interest loan to the project at 133 E. Mill Street, a cheese- themed retail and heritage center.”

The project is a collaboration of the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority (RDA), city of Plymouth, and the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC). The project is expected to be undertaken in 2016 contingent on funding.

The Plymouth RDA previously announced that it had received an $800,000 grant through the Lakeshore Community Foundation to support the project.

Dane Checolinski, executive director of SCEDC, said “The SCEDC has a history of supporting creative financing to move economic development initiatives forward throughout the county. This is one project that will add another crown jewel to downtown Plymouth.”

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