Downtown grants go to 10 local operations

From Staff Reports
Posted 8/18/17

MainStreet Cleveland has announced award recipients for the MainStreet Cleveland Property Enhancement Grant program.

Ten properties in downtown Cleveland were selected to receive grants …

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Downtown grants go to 10 local operations

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MainStreet Cleveland has announced award recipients for the MainStreet Cleveland Property Enhancement Grant program.

Ten properties in downtown Cleveland were selected to receive grants totaling $54,953. Based on the investments of these 10 projects, a total of more than $240,000 will be reinvested in downtown properties, according to Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

The MainStreet Cleveland Property Enhancement Grant was formed “... to encourage building owners and tenants to invest in properties located within the MainStreet Cleveland footprint, by financially assisting with building needs that serve an appropriate public purpose and benefit,” Marr explained.

She stressed positive building appearance “... has been proven to increase property values, improve the marketability of space within the building and attract new businesses, residents and visitors to an area.”

Grant selection by the committee was difficult, Marr pointed out.

“Twenty-four quality applications were submitted,” she added. “In fact, the projects were so impressive that the MainStreet Cleveland board of directors allocated an additional $5,000 to the planned $50,000 grant pool.”

Marr praised the efforts of the selection group and thanked all applicants for taking the time to seek the initiative’s help.

“We appreciate the hard work and diligence of the grant committee in making the selections,” Marr said. “These volunteers were very thorough in the selection process and it was difficult to narrow down the applications,” she said.

Keith Barrett, MainStreet Cleveland board president, agreed.

“The projects are very impressive and MainStreet Cleveland is proud to assist in funding these improvements,” Barrett said.

The funded projects include a wide range of improvements such as new investment, public safety, residential and supporting new business and expanding existing businesses.

The Property Enhancement Grant awards include:

• 227 Inman St.: Catch Bar & Grill to install new outdoor lighting at the entrance from First Street Square to improve overall safety and enhance visibility; and add facade improvements.

• 90 North Ocoee St.: Terra Running to repurpose a historic building to include Terra Running Company, a cafe space for coffee shop, and 2nd floor apartment. The grant will be used primarily for life safety issues of sprinkler system installation.

• 262 Broad St. N.W.: Gardner's Market for improvement to storefront and visibility by adding a new concession window and wall for To Go orders and event participation, and Install a new awning.

• 220/224/230 North Ocoee St.: Jones Properties to replace and repair windows in the Café Roma building consistent with the historical design of the original "Banner Building."

• 168 First St., N.E.: Mash & Hops to expand current business by renovating the front parking lot into a courtyard. Replace asphalt with concrete and add outdoor decor, iron fence, awning.

• 166 First St.: Stack Southern Bistro for the opening of a new restaurant concept. This project is for awnings on the storefront of the building and outdoor lighting to improve aesthetics, safety, and night visibility.

• 246-250 North Ocoee St.: Capital Financial Group to remove existing vinyl and aluminum siding, as well as aluminum windows. Reveal and restore the original brick, replace windows and awnings, add a new entrance downstairs.

• 120 & 140 North Ocoee St.: Robert Thompson for attorney, CPA, and dance studio location. The project will add exterior lighting to the building for both security purposes and to display historical landmarks in the area.

• 30 Second St: Logan Thompson Law Office will add exterior lighting to the building for both security purposes and to display historical landmarks in the area.

• 63 North Ocoee St.: Doug Caywood & TPC Properties for facade improvements including adding new exterior tile entry, replace windows, awning and painting.

The MainStreet Cleveland Property Enhancement Grant is a reimbursement program and requires that the building owner or tenant contribute a matching amount to the grant awarded. Projects are to be completed by June 1.

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