Zionsville Times Sentinel

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November 6, 2013

Council awards façade program more money

Two buildings on Cedar Street could be getting a makeover thanks to additional funding for the façade grant program.

The Zionsville Town Council unanimously approved, 5-0, to reappropriate $30,000 from the food and beverage fund to the façade grant program. Council members Tom Schuler and Candace Ulmer were not present at the meeting.

The extra money was needed for the Zionsville Architectural Review Committee to fund an additional project at 20 and 40 E. Cedar St.

Plans were filed with the town’s planning and economic development department to rehabilitate 20 E. Cedar St., the home of Village Cleaners, and to demolish 40 E. Cedar St., which housed Nana Market. The plans must be approved by the ARC during its 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, meeting.

Barbara Jennings, who is coordinating the project for the property owned by her mother, Carol Chauck, said the council approving the additional funding was great.

“I think it’s wonderful that the council recognizes the value of helping business owners and landowners to improve their property to help the overall look of town,” she said.

Jennings said if the project is approved, they will begin demolition by the beginning of December. She said no plans have been finalized for a tenant for 20 E. Cedar St.

ARC member Brad Johnson said the additional money is needed because the program, which started in 2009, has really taken off in the past few years.

“With the success of the program and the upturn in the economy, we are getting more interest and applicants,” he said.

Councilwoman Susana Suarez asked if this would be the only time the ARC would ask for more money or if they would continue to ask every year.

The ARC has an annual $50,000 budget. The façade program provides matching grants for up to 50 percent of the project cost for qualifying projects in the downtown area.

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