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.
The Dudley Street Skate Park will have to wait for concrete ramps and other structures from a California manufacturer.
Park District Director Ray Peterson says those structures are expected to arrive September 16.
He says, “Unfortunately, when you make that order you get in line. And when you're dealing with the number one supplier in the United States, a few days makes a difference on when you got in line, apparently.”
Peterson also says the district cannot invoke a penalty clause in the contract with the manufacturer since the delay is just a matter of production.
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