The City of Renville has received a $5,000 grant from the Renville County Housing and Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development Authority (HRA/EDA), to assist with demolition and remediation of a blighted property. This grant, matched by the City of Renville, is being used to demolish a partially collapsed structure located at 402 West Park Avenue in Renville, which was formerly home to The Refuge, a youth center. Before that the building was home to a church.

According to Shane Wohlman, Renville City Administrator, the city hopes to have demolition completed before the end of this year. The City of Renville plans to make the location green space initially, and then market it for future development.

“Removing this structure will do a lot to improve the aesthetics of the city and eliminate a blighted and dangerous structure. We appreciate the assistance of the Renville County HRA/EDA to remove this structure,” stated Wohlman.