The city of Marysville has been awarded a $10,000 state grant to update the city's master plan.

The city of Marysville has been awarded a $10,000 state grant to update the city's master plan.

The funds come in the form of a Tier One Downtown Revitalization Planning grant. The Ohio Department of Development announced on June 16 that Marysville will be receiving the grant, which is administered through that department's Office of Housing and Community Partnerships.

City planner Greg DeLong said the funds will indirectly help Marysville remain eligible for future grants.

"This grant is to assist us in updating the current Uptown Marysville Revitalization Plan," DeLong said. "You need to have that kind of master plan in place, which can't be older than five years, before you can apply for Tier Two grant funding. Our current plan expires this year."

DeLong said the grant will help pay for projects such as a new market analysis of the Uptown Marysville area, along with updating business-related statistics and trends in that part of the city.

"This was a partnership between the city and the Union County Chamber of Commerce to secure this grant, the chamber did a great job of helping us out with the application process," DeLong said.

Revitalization plans such as Marysville's plan for the Uptown area are used to analyze the local economy including new retail spaces, and detail how uptown areas can reinvent themselves to be more viable central business districts, according to Ohio Department of Development spokeswoman Katie Sabatino.

DeLong said the city has until the end of May 2012 to update the five-year plan.

A complete copy of the existing Uptown Marysville Revitalization Plan can be viewed online at www.marysvilleohio.org.