Facade Improvements

Trees, New Lease, Arrests, Facades
8:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Around the Region

A quick look at news from around the tri-state region.

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Seeking $500K
7:24 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Keokuk to Apply for Facade Grant

Downtown Keokuk could see some significant improvements if a state grant comes through.

The Keokuk City Council is taking steps to be able to apply for a $500,000 state grant that could be used to improve the look of the city’s downtown district.

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State Fire Marshall in Fort Madison
8:22 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Destroyed Building Was in Line for Re-Use

What's left of the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Fort Madison.

The building destroyed during a weekend fire in downtown Fort Madison was in line to be part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment project.

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Work to Get Underway Soon
11:02 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Fort Madison Façade Improvements

Downtown Fort Madison is in line for a make-over.

Local contractors will handle a majority of the upcoming improvements to downtown Fort Madison.

The city secured a $500,000 state grant to improve the facades of 13 buildings.  The property owners will contribute another $170,000 to the project.

The city chose to seek bids per category of work as opposed to going project by project so one contractor would handle all windows and doors while another would do the masonry, for example.

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Downtown District Improvements
6:10 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Changes Possible for Macomb Facade Program

Facades on the southeast side of the Macomb Courthouse Square
Rich Egger

Aldermen are reviewing whether to alter the Facade Forgivable Loan Program based on recommendations from the City Council's Community Development Committee.

One proposal is to increase the city's share of the costs for facade improvements from 50% to 66%.

“That would mean if somebody had a $30,000 project, they could get $20,000 of that from us and $10,00 of their own money. If that's not incentive enough to put on their best face, I don't know what else we can do,” said Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter.

Other recommendations include:

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