The request for a facade grant by Main Street Theatre and Sulphur Springs is the only action item on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Board, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Room of the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building at 125 South Davis St. The meeting is open to the public.
This is only the second facade grant application recommended for approval by city staff since the funding program went into effect in the fall of 2008.
Members of the community theater organization, which owns the building at 227 Main St, are hoping to restore the facade to the original appearance of its 19th century-era design.
According to Hopkins County Tax Appraisal District records, the building was constructed in 1900.
The organization’s members are hoping to remove wood panels and reframe the opening to the building and replace the glass on the front. Plans also call for replacing and reopening the window transoms.
The building facade still has the original brick, which is unpainted. That surface will be cleaned and left original, with the exterior trim, doors and awning painted to complement the colors of the bricks.
The estimated cost of the improvements is $1,547.90. City staff members are recommending the downtown board approve the standard rate of 50 percent of the request, or up to $773.95.
All repairs must be completed before the grant money will be paid, and receipts for the repairs must be submitted to the city finance department for payment.
An additional cost of $1,500 to move an electrical line in front of the building did not qualify under the grant guidelines.
The request for the facade grant comes exactly six months after the first one was approved for property at 230 Connally St. City Manager Marc Maxwell said in October that the program has about $50,000 to hand out this year to the most qualified properties, and the intent is to get the most "bang for the buck."
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