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Downtown board considering two facade grants on Main St.

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The city’s Downtown Revitalization Board will consider requests for facade grants at two properties on Main Street when the panel meets in regular session at 6:30 p.m. today.

The meeting will be held in the Council Room at City Hall, located in the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building at 125 South Davis St. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes discussion and possible action on the facade grant application for 219 and 221 Main St., where Rick Murray is planning to open CiboVino Steaks.

The property is known locally as the old Knight’s Head Inn building. Murray is planning to remove all the existing building materials except for the masonry and cast columns, and install a new entry glass/wood/masonry storefront that conforms with the building’s age.

Existing historic elements such as the “Knights of Pythias” symbol would be retained. The masonry would be painted a dark sage. New wood/glass windows would be installed. All wooden window frames are to be stained redwood. There would also be a new entry created for upstairs loft spaces.

The property at 219 Main, currently empty, would incorporate a “Nanawall,” a folding wall system that allows glass and wood doors to fold out of the way, instead of slide, to create outdoor seating.

Facade grants can be for up to 50 percent of a project’s cost, with a maximum grant of $20,000. Murray, a commercial contractor for 36 years, estimates the cost of the project will total $48,000. The two properties are currently valued on tax rolls at $44,260 and $3,900.

“Estimates of cost for this project are 30-35 percent less than average general contractor costs would be due to cost savings realized by being my own contractor,” Murry wrote in his application.

City staff has recommended granting $20,000 for the improvements.

A second facade grant application has been made for 211 and 211 1/2 Main St. by Susan Payne, acting on behalf of the Loree S. Payne estate. Current plans are to lease the property to tenants for retail activity.

The total cost of improvements covered in the grant is $2,561.36. City staff has recommended the full 50 percent match for a grant of $1,280.68.

The project includes removing corrugated metal from the transom area and cleaning tar and expanding foam residue from that area as well; removing pieces of angled steel on the facade; replacing the original glass in the transom, replicating the pattern that was originally etched into the glass; and removing old, damaged window frames and reframing with cypress wood, which is virtually impervious to the elements and insects. A missing downspout will also be replaced, the entire facade power-washed, and the awning rebuilt with a cypress frame and decked with steel roofing.

“The project will increase the eye appeal and reduce the overall maintenance of the structure,” the application states. “The design simplicity and the use of chosen materials will result in productive improvements that should last well beyond 20 years.”




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