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City council awards two facade grants totaling more than $11,000

Pictured is Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, where improvements are underway.

Two storefronts on East Main Street will soon be getting a major facelift.

Councilors unanimously approved one Central Business District Facade Grant award of $8,500 for 14 E. Main St. occupied by Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and owned by CGA Properties, Marshalltown.

Funds will be used for an awning with facade, brick cleaning, tuck-pointing, storefront rehabilitation and window or door repair, according to the application submitted by Matt Garber of CGA Properties earlier this year to the Main Street Downtown Incentive Committee.

That committee, in a letter dated March 4, recommended approval by city council. Facade funds will be melded with nearly $40,000 from CGA. Total project costs are $48,460.

A second award of $2,539.50 was made to the local Main Street Real Estate, 210 W. Main St., for their properties at 216-218 E. Main St.

TR Photos by Mike Donahey 3rd Generation Upholstery, right, is a growing, active business specializing in re-upholstery and furniture repairs among other skills. 216 E. Main St. was recently leased to an attorney.

L. Foster Hawkins and Nancy Urbanowski of Marshalltown submitted the application earlier this year on behalf of the business.

Repairs will be made to the building facade damaged by the tornado. A new awning will also be installed. Total project cost is $10,158, meaning Hawkins and Urbanowski will be applying $7,618.50 of funds to the project.

216 E. Main St. was recently leased by a bi-lingual attorney, and 218 E. Main St. is occupied by 3rd Generation Upholstery.

The all-volunteer Incentive Grant Committee is made up of Jenny Etter, Doug Husak, Diana Steiner and Joe Roenfeldt.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com