Pleasanton, county passed by on state BASE grant awards

Updated: Apr 13

MOUND CITY – Linn County did not fare well in their applications for the Kansas Department of Commerce Building a Stronger Economy (BASE) grant process. The county and the City of Pleasanton both applied and did not receive the grant.

The Linn County grant was for $1.4 million to certify the Pleasanton Industrial Park. Certification would have included hiring a company to do an environmental assessment report, clean up any problem found in that report, and to do the engineering to bring utilities to the site. That would have included electric, water, phone, fiber-optic cable, natural gas and a sewer system.

In February, Hightower said that by making the industrial park certified, the property could be advertised as ready for a business and the Kansas Department of Commerce would help with promoting the park.

The Linn County commission had agreed to spend $350,000 for the 25 percent match for the $1,050,000 BASE grant and also to pay $140,000 for the 10 percent contingency reserve. The money would have come from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

According to Hightower in a telephone interview on Wednesday, the letter she received said that there had been 440 applicants for the $100 million in grant money.

Pleasanton had applied for a grant to build a shell building for either a sit-down restaurant or another kind of business. The total of the building costing nearly $432,800. The BASE grant would have been for $324,800 and $108,000 from the city of Pleasanton’s ARPA funds.

More than 50 percent of the BASE grant funds, nearly $57 million, were awarded to the five counties in Kansas with populations over 100,000 people.

Douglas County received $5 million, Johnson County $33 million, Sedgwick County $5 million, Shawnee County $7.7 million, and Wyandotte County $6 million.

Southeast Kansas counties and neighboring counties that received funds were Allen County, $2.9 million for Infrastructure Buildout for Industrial Development at Allen County Airport; Franklin County, $5 million for Proximity Park and North Corridor Improvements; Labette County, nearly $780,000 for the Great Plains Industrial Park Rail Improvement Project; and Neosho County, $500,000 for the Chanute Business Expansion and Supporting Residential Development Project.

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