Morton Facade Grants AnnouncedThursday, March 1, 2012
Today, the Village of Morton and the Morton Econonomi c Development Council announced that 14 Morton businesses have been awarded funding from the new Morton Façade Improvement Grant program. Awards include:
Harriet McClellan - $5,000 – Façade renovation for Binkley Jeweler building
Mary Sumer - $5,000 – Façade renovation for Firehouse Pizza storefront
Greg Nichols - $5,000 – Facade renovation for Ameriprise building
Vicki Taufer - $5,000 – Façade renovation for V Gallery storefront
Jeff Grimm - $5,000 – Façade renovation for Lighthouse Automotive
Rex Urban - $5,000 – Brick entrance for new Trophy Pro storefront
Paul Grethey - $2,500 – New awning for Johnson’s Floral
Jon Zeller - $5,000 – Façade renovation for storefront next to Great Harvest Bread
Don Endress - $3,500 – New signage for Ledgestone building
Harriet McClellan - $1,950 – Façade renovation for Home Instead Senior building
Katie VandenBerg - $1,930 – Façade renovation for Eli’s Coffee Shop
Don Endress - $1,810 – Façade renovation for Ledgestone building
Joan Dittmer - $1,750 – Façade renovation for Maxine’s on Main
Mary Breznay - $1,560 – Façade renovation for McDonalds of Morton
The Morton Façade Improvement Grant Program is funded through the Morton Business District, established in 2010 with a quarter percent sales tax increase to fund improvements throughout the commercial areas of Morton. The new district plan includes $50,000 per year for the Façade Improvement Grant Program.
A total of 18 local businesses and property owners applied for the façade grants during this first program cycle. Of the applicants, 14 qualified for funding based on program guidelines and overall application scores. The awarded projects include 9 new projects and 5 projects that were completed last year. Retroactive funding was offered during this first funding round only and will not qualify during future funding cycles.
The $41,000 granted for new construction will leverage an estimated $321,767 of new improvements in the district this year. Completed projects received a total of $9,000 in grant funding and totaled $583,851 in district improvements last year.