(Beaver Dam) The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has awarded a grant to a business moving into downtown Beaver Dam. That’s according to Mayor Becky Glewen who has announced that a new restaurant called “Dam Chicken” is moving into the downtown at 300 South Spring Street.
Last year, the city council approved a resolution that allowed the city to act as a conduit in applying for a downtown revitalization grant on behalf of the private business. The Community Development Investment Grant required no match on the part of the city. The state will pay up to 25-percent of the costs for the new business to move into the downtown, though the exact figures have not yet been released.
Dam Chicken has received the same grant that was secured for the Ooga Brewing Company, a new brewery that recently opened across the street from the new chicken restaurant. The Ooga Brewing company received $126-thousand dollars. Glewen says the state grant had been limited to one per-community, per-year but that rule was changed to allow for the potential of a second grant if the city does not reach maximum grant award of $250-thousand dollars. WEDC’s Community Development Investment Grant Program supports community development and redevelopment efforts, primarily in downtown areas.