WOODSTOCK – Members of the town’s Economic Development Authority approved funding of three applications submitted for the Facade RENEW matching grant program.
A facade improvement project for 130 W. Court St. was approved in the amount of $8,250. The building, which houses Suzanne’s Studio, is owned by Koleman Properties which, through Nancy Bowers, applied for the grant.
“This one is exciting for me,” said David Hutton, committee chair.
He said the owners, by taking this opportunity, were not only improving the building but also improving Court Street.
Improvements, per a Frazier Associates 2018 conceptual drawing, are to include replacement of windows and enhancement of window trim, installation of Hardie board fiber cement siding, the painting of the cornices and the metal roof and beaded ceiling of the canopy, and the wrapping of the existing front metal posts with wood.
The committee recommended funding $6,000 in the fiscal year 2019 and the remaining $2,250 in the fiscal year 2020 after the Woodstock EDA receives additional funding from the Town Council. The total project cost as estimated on the application is $25,500 with the facade improvements alone estimated at $16,518.
Another application approved was for $500 to help pay for professional design drawings to start the process of updating the facade at 100 N. Main St., the former First Bank and soon to be new offices for the Regulus Group LLC.
The building is owned by Zuben LLC.
Regulus Group and Zuben LLC are both owned by Karl Roulston, who also is a member of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.
Abstaining for this vote was Jessica MacDonald, who works for the Regulus Group.
The application states work on the building is to begin in the summer.
The EDA board also approved an application for a total of $8,000 for 114 N. Main St., which houses the Virginia Farmhouse as well as apartments on the top floor. The authority approved paying $6,000 in the fiscal year 2019 and the remaining $2,000 in the fiscal year 2020, if and after those funds are appropriated. The total facade project cost is estimated at $16,000.
The application was submitted by property owners Cregg and Sandy Coffelt.
Hutton expressed appreciation that the building was getting attention. The project is to include painting the exterior a proposed light gray and the trim of the building, replace existing awnings, add lights above the awnings, repoint the bricks as needed, and paint the doors.
The Woodstock EDA was created in 2004, and the Facade RENEW matching grant program launched in 2014. Since then, the program has supported 25 facade improvement projects. The program this year started with $20,000 and the EDA awarded grants for four improvement projects with that money.
The EDA board will meet again in July after the adoption of and appropriation of funds for the fiscal year 2020 budget by Town Council, said Mandy Belyea, deputy town manager.
“The Facade RENEW grant program has been a great tool to enable the town to partner with property and business owners to reinvest in and bring new life to their properties as well as enhance our streetscapes,” Belyea said.
At the meeting were Hutton, MacDonald, Michael Funk, Sharon Baroncelli, Phyllis Fleming, and Zach Hottel. Not attending the meeting was Charles Hapner.