Newsletter: Second-round OCRA Letters of Interest Due (Indiana, June 2017)

The Town of Van Buren had a fire station that was quickly outgrowing its usefulness. The all-volunteer Fire & Rescue Department was housed in an old building with fire trucks stacked three-deep in a twobay station. There was limited space to put on gear and the building’s foundation was experiencing distress.

There was also a lack of storage, sufficient training area and no drive-thru – making it difficult for trucks to back in.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) came to the rescue, awarding the Town a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG). The Public Facilities Program grant enabled the Town to pay for more than half of the new 5,000-square foot facility.

“If it wasn’t for OCRA, we would not be able to do projects like this,” said Michelle Sexton, Town clerk/treasurer.

The new $687,000 fire station held a ribbon-cutting last November.

“The building was old and we just out-grew it,” said Donnie Plummer, Van Buren’s fire chief. “We were lucky to get the grant. It’s a dream come true. I thought it would be years before we’d get new digs.”

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