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Five businesses get facade funds

Evanston aldermen this week approved proposals from five local businesses for matching grants from the city's facade improvement program to improve the look of their buildings.

Here's a rundown on the projects:

Egea Spa at 1521 Sherman Ave. will get up to $5,200 for new new awnings on its building.

 

Evanston aldermen this week approved proposals from five local businesses for matching grants from the city's facade improvement program to improve the look of their buildings. Here's a rundown on the projects:

The Evanston Festival Theatre in the Main Street Metra Station will get up to $2,250 to install new lights on the station to illuminate the train platform.

Varsity LLC will receive $9,500 to help fund repairs to the ornamental tile on the roof of the former theater building at 1706-10 Sherman Ave.

Renaissance Realty and Construction will get up to $16,500 to install awnings on the Strange Lofts building at the corner of Church Street and Darrow Avenue.

And Stratosphere Networks will receive up to $8,000 for facade improvements to the building it has recently purchased at 1732 Central St.

All the grants are provided on a 50-50 matching basis, with the business owners paying the other half of the cost.

Depending on the project the funds will come either from the Business District Improvement Fund or the tax increment financing district in which the property is located.

Above: A rendering of what the Egea building will look like after the awnings are added.

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