Two new downtown facade projects will take place in the next few months, helping to give South Main Street a facelift into the future.
The new looks will be taking shape over the next few months at 321 S. Main St., former location of The Main, and 109 S. Main St., a building recently purchased by Tom and Mark Malchow.
Heidi Appel, executive director for the Aberdeen Downtown Association, recently highlighted the two projects on the organization's Facebook page. One of the projects was approved earlier this year and a second was previously approved when the building was purchased. Appel said she was waiting for financial packages to come together to officially announce the projects.
"You can expect them to be done in the next few months," she said.
Both sites are part of larger renovation projects. Appel said a $26,000 award for the former location of The Main will be put toward a renovation project being completed by Jeff Lamont and Heath Johnson. The project aims to create one to three retail spaces on the main floor and apartments on the second and third floors.
According to a previous report in the American News, Malchow's intent is to renovate the main floor for commercial space and create two apartments on the second floor. This project will receive a $15,000 facade grant. Appel said a facade grant was offered in 2011 to the property's previous owner, but the project didn't move forward. When the Malchows purchased the property, the grant was offered to the new owners, since funds were still set aside for the project.
While these grants are a small portion of the overall project, Appel said she hopes they are seen as an incentive.
"We are essentially a hand up, so they can get started on the endeavor," she said.
Funds are awarded upon completion of the project. Appel said both property owners are required to provide matching funds for their projects.
The first facade grants were awarded in 2009. The deadline for 2014 grant applications is Dec. 31.
"We want to stimulate new investment downtown," Appel said. "We hope that's an incentive for bringing new property owners downtown."
City funding for the 2014 facade program was cut in half by the Aberdeen City Council, but Appel said she's optimistic the $15,000 allocated for the program will help accomplish some great projects.
Appel said Webb Shoe Company has been working on a facade project, which will be completed once the awnings are installed.
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