MONTICELLO — The Monticello Metropolis Council has authorised its first three downtown constructing enchancment grants for the reason that program was revamped final yr.
The $26,000 in funds will assist with the conversion of the Monarch Brewery constructing right into a attainable occasions heart; Dubson Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration’s rework and enlargement into some vacant house; and Lily’s Flooring’s storefront enhancements, repairs to a brick wall and alternative of home windows at its constructing on the downtown sq..
The implementation of a downtown space enterprise district — and its 1 % gross sales tax — is offering extra funds for the grant program, which earlier than was targeted totally on facade enhancements and security upgrades.
“This program not solely greater than triples the capped match, but additionally the quantity we’ve got to work with this fiscal yr,” Neighborhood Growth Director Callie Jo McFarland mentioned. “The number of initiatives awarded deal with something from serving to an current enterprise increase into a brand new and bigger house, to addressing structural security issues, to restoration of historic buildings.”
It additionally incentivizes personal funding, as proven by the about $150,000 contributed by grant recipients.
“We’re enthusiastic about this true public/personal partnership,” mentioned Metropolis Administrator Terry Summers, who mentioned 4 utilized for grants on this spherical, with three making it to the council desk for consideration.
The three grants, authorised by the council Jan. 25, embrace:
- Blue Daisy Administration, 212 S. Independence St., most not too long ago Monarch Brewing Co.: A grant of fifty % of the entire venture price as much as a $5,967 most to fund enhancements to transform the house into an occasions heart. That features set up of tempered glass over stained-glass home windows within the balcony, assuaging a security hazard by filling in openings between stained glass and the balcony flooring, repairing exterior doorways to eradicate drafts, leveling a handicap-accessible sidewalk, and hiring a cleansing service to take away grease from the kitchen and bar areas.
“We’re at the moment negotiating with a catering firm to run the house as an occasion heart for weddings, reunions, child showers, funeral meals, fundraisers and plenty of different kinds of occasions,” Matt Miller mentioned within the grant software.
The upgrades are anticipated to price $11,934, and work is predicted to be accomplished by the top of March.
- Dubson Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, 406 W. Primary St.: A grant of fifty % of the venture price as much as a $10,000 most to renovate the placement with new entry doorways, flooring, ceiling, lighting, restrooms, a showroom, places of work, convention room and workspaces, in addition to new know-how and the set up of exterior indicators.
It would present the enterprise assist because it expands into 2,500 sq. toes of house beforehand housed by Bumper to Bumper.
“From a reworked showroom to state-of-the art-office house to front-and-center signage, these enhancements could have a long-lasting, optimistic influence on Dubson Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. It would give new life to an outdated — and vacant — house in a extremely seen distinguished location in Monticello,” Bryce Dubson mentioned in his software.
Complete venture price is estimated at $112,620 and is predicted to be full by the top of June.
- Lily’s Flooring, 115 W. Primary St.: A grant of fifty % of the venture price as much as a $10,000 most to spruce up the skin with new paint and restore of the west wall, exchange 19 double-hung home windows, and updating the higher story right into a usable house.
The applicant mentioned the venture would enhance the downtown enterprise by bettering “attractiveness and security of the constructing whereas contributing to the general aesthetic of the historic downtown sq..”
Complete venture price is estimated at $32,000, with completion by the top of March, climate allowing.
The grant program revamp is extra structured, requiring written redevelopment agreements and approval by the town council. Previously, prices had been authorised by way of the claims course of.
Mayor Larry Stoner appreciated the work that went into drafting the brand new grant program.
“I believe that is superior. Glad to see it,” he mentioned.
Council member John Frerichs requested what would occur if a venture shouldn’t be accomplished within the required time-frame. McFarland mentioned extensions could be authorised by the council.
Candidates don’t get the cash up entrance. The work is completed, then receipts are offered to the town for reimbursement as much as the authorised grant quantity.
Town anticipates two rounds of grants being thought-about every year. The applying window for the subsequent spherical is June 1-15. Further info is obtainable at cityofmonticello.net.