LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - Thirty downtown building owners have committed to a historic preservation project that will restore their buildings' exteriors - even though doing so will subject them to federal property restrictions and other rules.
The $1 million project is being financed in part through a $500,000 federal grant. The federal money must be matched by a combination of city funding and money from the property owners.
The work will focus on facades, windows and trim in an effort to restore buildings to their historical appearance.
The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports that property owners who signed up earlier this year for the storefront restoration must abide by several federal rules.
That includes abide by federal wage requirements for any work performed on their building.
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