A TIF District that was created after the Flood of '93 nearly wiped Grafton off of the map will be coming to an end in 2017. Still four years away, city leaders are looking at what projects still need to be completed while the window of opportunity is open. One business leader says improving roads, streets, water and sewer lines has been vital to the city's comeback.
Another key aspect to the TIF was a housing program that has resulted in many new faces around town, according to Jersey County Business Association CEO Alan Gilmore.
A new TIF district is being created that will in theory spur growth outside of the flood-prone areas of town and along Route 3. Of particular interest is the new business park that will be home to the often talked about fish plant and a number of other businesses on a dozen acres that used to be an apple storage facility.