MUSKOGEE -- Nearly $2,000,000 in grants were approved by Muskogee City Council Monday night from the Muskogee Foundation.
According to its mission statement, the foundation awards grants for economic development projects in Muskogee.
The foundation was created in 2008.
$1,000,000 of the grant goes towards downtown development.
It's still in the drafting phase, but an old warehouse in the Depot District is about to get a makeover.
Its one of several projects that have benefited from the City of Muskogee Foundation's grant program.
Ron Drake, the city's downtown consultant, is working with local business owners and developers to open up stores, restaurants and loft space downtown.
"There's really a big message I think being sent all the way from city hall and the chamber and Main Street and all the way down into the streets saying this is the direction we want to go," said Drake.
The downtown revitalization program encourages developers to rebuild and renovate older buildings.
The foundation also awarded the city funds to redevelop Civitan Park, convert a hangar at Love-Hatbox Field, fund the Muskogee Teen Center and provide crisis intervention program funding for juveniles.
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