EPEDC requests help getting a second structural report for the Jordan Inn

Hunter Herbaugh
Thursday, June 17, 2021
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The Jordan Inn, a prominent downtown building, has been closed due to health and safety concerns for many years. Ranger-Review file photo

The Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation is making another attempt to get a structural report done on the Jordan Inn and is seeking help from the city to do so.

According to EPEDC Community Development Specialist Dara Deines, they will again be submitting a grant request for a Community Development Block Grant and are asking the city to sponsor it. She said the grant would be used for a preliminary architectural report on the building.

The EPEDC did make this same request back in October, according to Deines, and they were actually recommended for funding. However, Deines noted that they didn’t receive funding because it ran out before it was their turn to receive it, so they are making another go for it. This time, Deines said she is feeling more confident that they will receive it, as they are asking for a smaller amount of $10,000, adding that they have already secured another grant worth $25,000 from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund.

“(The Jordan Inn) did not get the funding last time, they were recommended for funding but there was not enough. So now we have a $25,000 grant that has been secured already so we’re going back to the CDBG to ask for $10,000,” she said.

She added that Jordan Inn owner Steve Marks has already committed to provide the matching funds for the grant. Based on five previous estimates for a preliminary architectural report, Deines said the cost could fall between $48,000 to $102,000.

Because CDBG funds are only available to government entities, the EPEDC needs the city to sponsor the application. Given the history between the city and Marks, some members of the committee were hesitant to make a decision on sponsoring the grant, with councilman Rhett Coon saying he would like to defer that decision. The rest of the committee agreed, and moved making the decision to allow for more discussion.

By Friday, the committee had decided to move ahead with recommending the city sponsor the grant application, according to Mayor Jerry Jimison.

Reach Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.