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Federal shutdown stalling historic downtown project

Posted: 11:28 PM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-16 00:28:53-05
Ford Lofts Okmulgee

OKMULGEE, Okla. — The federal government shutdown still causing headaches in Green Country, putting projects on hold.

2 Works For You learned a planned development to revitalize a community’s downtown is stalled because of the government closure.

The project is a private development in Okmulgee to revitalize a historic car dealership building into student lofts.

When Dean West helped restore the old post office for OSU IT he saw an opportunity to help the community grow.

West wanted to use historic tax credits to restore the old Ford dealership.

His effort to preserve history now on hold due to the federal government shutdown.

“Currently, everything is approved through the state historic office, but it’s sitting on a desk somewhere in Washington, D.C. waiting for our approval. So right now we’re dancing around on the project trying to keep people busy without having our answers,” said West.

When the project gets approval from national parks, developers said the Ford Lofts will be the future home to 57 college students.

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