Woodstock’s Economic Development Authority approved a pair of facade rehabilitation grant applications totaling nearly $17,000 to assist two Main Street projects on Tuesday.
EDA members voted 4-0 (two were absent) to award $6,668 to applicant Jennifer Luvaas to assist in renovation of the business front of Three Thirty 3 Designs at 120 S. Main St. and $10,000 to Buettner & Son Development LLC for a facade improvement project at 121-125 N. Main St., a mixed-use building owned by Jeff and Henry Buettner that houses three businesses.
The project at Three Thirty 3 Designs has a total estimated eligible cost of $13,400 and includes the repair, scraping and painting of brick and stucco on the front and northern sides of the building; the repair, scraping and painting of window and door framing and second-floor shutters; removal of the crosshead above the front entry; the purchase and installation of a gooseneck barn light above the front entry; and the purchase and installation of a new awning above the first-floor window.
The building includes offices for Catherine Mendoza, a licensed professional counselor, on the second floor.
Luvaas’ application requested $6,700 in grant money, but EDA members included a recommendation in their approval that the second-floor shutters, which butt together, be removed, as well as a sign in the large first-floor window. The EDA’s approval of $6,668 reflected the exclusion of the cost of paint for the shutters.
The project at 121-125 N. Main St., with an estimate eligible cost of $28,327.30, includes the fabrication and installation of moulding along the front of the building just below the roof to match the elements that already exist on both sides of the building; the purchase, installation and painting of 10 shutters on the second-floor windows; the cleaning and painting of entrance stoops; and the scraping, puttying, priming and painting of building elements, including window frames and doors.
Woodstock’s Facade RENEW Committee rates each qualified application for the Facade Rehabilitation Grant on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) based on a set of criteria. The projects at 120 S. Main and 121-125 N. Main scored 4.3 and 4.5, respectively.
Town Manager Angela Clem noted recently that Woodstock’s facade rehabilitation grant program has been a popular one, and the Town Council will vote next week on a budget amendment that, among other things, would give the EDA an additional $30,000 for the grant program.
Earlier this month, the EDA approved a revision to the facade grant application for improvements to the building at 140 S. Main St., the home of Benchmark Mortgage, and granted the applicants nearly $9,500.
“It’s just really nice to see,” EDA Chairman David Hutton said Tuesday of the improvement projects occurring along Main St. “We’re talking about the core heart of Woodstock downtown and I think I’ve been on the committee since 2012, when this was first presented, and it’s just really nice to see -- all of these are nice, but especially the fact that we’ve been able to approve so many right in the heart of Woodstock. It’s just great, in my opinion, that when people are drawn to our downtown area, we’re really putting a lot of focus on those properties. … Really pleased to see these coming together.”