Monticello — With four recently approved applications, the Monticello Building Improvement Grant Program has achieved what the city council wanted. It encourages necessary repairs and upgrades to historic buildings in the city center.
The city council said in its second round since the program was revamped to leverage the dollars in the business district, from three less than $5,000 (100-block roofing on West Washington Street) to $10,000 (114 years of history). The first Presbyterian church building with).
Callie Jo McFarland, director of City Community Development, said the Church’s work is helping to preserve the building’s historic character.
“What the (subsidised) assessment committee was very happy with was that the church has historically thought about the reconstruction of the walls. They said it was a big problem in the Historic National District. We took into account the historical character, you know that,” McFarland said.
The grant will cover no more than 50% of the project costs, but will contribute approximately $160,000 in total to the work in the four buildings. With the addition of future stages planned at the church, the total will grow to approximately $345,000 for the work being done.
The three grants managed through the redevelopment agreement are 108-114W. Helps Washington Street owners replace their roofs.
“What I’m very, very, very happy with is the new roof over the entire north side of the plaza, which is huge,” said McFarland, 100 during a recent renovation. He pointed out that the Moore Building in West Washington was getting a new roof.
The building improvement subsidies awarded unanimously by the municipality are as follows.
Up to $10,000 to assist in nailing and masonry repairs on the north wall of the first United Presbyterian Church, 214 S. Charter Street, 1907. It is part of the $125,000 phase and $310,685 project, which will also include the deterioration of roofs, walls and entrances.
Burgess & Klein Insurance, 108 W. Washington Street, building owner Don Piat III. Grants of up to $3,677 will help replace 20 x 90 foot rubber roofs, at a total cost of $10,600 and up to $2,850 for insulation. The council also approved up to $2,048 for TIF $2 to get up to 50 percent agreement.
Wells & Grabarczyk LLP, 110-112 W. Washington St., up to $4,677 for roof replacement. The total cost of the project is $10,050 plus up to $5,200 for insulation. An additional $2,948 for the TIF2 fund has also been approved.
There is no place like a house, 114 W. Washington Street, building owner MSE redevelopment. Grants of up to $4,677 will be used to replace the roof. A TIF2 fund of up to $4,667 has also been approved. The total cost of the project is estimated at $12,600 and up to $6,000 for insulation.
According to McFarland, the roofs of these West Washington Street properties are well connected and have the advantage of being able to replace them all at the same time.
The July 1 construction deadline for Lily’s Flooring is 115 W. Main St in January due to construction delays. A $10,000 grant has been awarded for the project in . Building owners are currently required to receive a grant by August 16.
Most of the work has been completed, including the reinforcement of the brick walls on the west side of the building and the installation of 19 new windows.
“You can see the positive activity in the downtown area with this business district plan,” which came into effect on January 1, 2020, said city manager Terry Summers. “People are repairing their buildings, which is positive not only for the center and the squares, but for the entire city.”
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