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Banners to fly for merchants

Several neighborhood business associations won approval from Evanston’s Economic Development Committee tonight for projects to spruce up and promote their areas.

New street light banners promoting the business districts were the most frequent request from the merchant groups.

Here are the projects approved:

  • Central Street Business Association — $7,000 to place 62 banners on light poles on Central Street and Green Bay Road.
  • Chicago-Dempster Merchants Association — $7,500 for holiday tree lighting, banners for light poles, canvas shopping bags to promote the association’s web site and advertising the super summer sale.
  • Church-Dodge Merchants Association — $10,000 to promote a farmers market, the National Night Out BBQ, place banners on light poles and erect four welcome signs with a history of the area.
  • Dr. Hill Merchants Association — $14,000 to create a sculpture and add additional landscaping to the Dr. Hill triangle at Green Bay Road, Ashland Avenue and Noyes Street.
  • Evanston Arts Council — $6,000 for light pole banners to promote the Noyes Cultural Arts Center and the arts week program.
  • EvMark — $4,500 for advertising to promote the super summer sale downtown.
  • Florence-Crain-Greenleaf Merchants Association — $2,400 to purchace bicycle racks for the district.
  • Main Street Station Merchants Association — $10,000 for website development, new brochures, signage and cooperative advertising.

The projects, to be paid for from the city’s economic development fund, still require approval from the full City Council, which is scheduled to vote on the requests Aug. 13.

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