Expressions of Interest

217 S. Second

The City of Knoxville is seeking Expressions of Interest from organizations and individuals interested in acquiring, rehabilitating, owning, and operating the building located at 217 S. Second Street. The property is currently owned by The City and managed by the Knoxville Public Library.

An information session and house tour will be held at the Knoxville Public Library, 213 E. Montgomery Street on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 3 p.m. for anyone interested in submitting a proposal. An RSVP is requested to attend the session. Interested parties can RSVP to Glenn Lyons, City of Knoxville Economic Development Director at glenn@571polson.com or (515) 782-1723. 

Submissions can be emailed to Glenn Lyons by the deadline of Friday, September 16, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Application expectations and submission requirements are outlined in the Expressions of Interest Application

Community Catalyst Building Remediation Grant

In 2022, only one building owner expressed an interest in applying for the Community Catalyst grant.   After having a successful 2022 application, the City of Knoxville is calling for expressions of interest from other Downtown building owners.    If more than one building owner expresses interest, the City will have to choose which project to sponsor.

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is likely to open the 2023 Community Catalyst Grant application period in August.   While exact dates are unknown at this point, pre-applications are likely to be due in December 2022 or January 2023.    Final applications are at the invitation of IEDA and will likely be due in April 2023, with grant decisions likely to be announced in June 2023.   Successful applicants are given two years to complete the project.

While the City of Knoxville will be required to make a financial contribution to the project, the City has not as yet determined how much that contribution would be.    The City’s FY 2024 budget is likely to be approved in February 2023, and the amount of municipal contribution would likely be determined at that time.

Submitting Expressions of Interest

Interested downtown building owners can express an interest in the Community Catalyst grant by filling out the following form and sending it to Glenn Lyons at glenn@571polson.com or by returning it to City Hall at 305 S Third Street.   The deadline for the Expression of Interest submittal is Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Questions about the program can also be directed to Mr. Lyons by phone at 515-782-1723.

Expression of Interest Application


  1. Glenn Lyons

    Glenn Lyons

    Economic Development Director
    Phone: (515) 782-1723