A row of storefronts on the northwest corner of Church Street and Dodge Avenue will have improvements made to their facades under plans to be reviewed by Evanston officials this afternoon.

The storefronts in a 2017 Google Maps photo.

The shops will get new awnings and new windows and doors under the project, which is to be funded by the city’s storefront modernization program, which was revised earlier this year to permit 100 percent city funding for projects in two census tracts that were hit hard by the foreclosure crisis several years ago.

Under the program’s rules the cost of such projects is capped at $25,000.

The ComEd substation at 1919 Church St.

At the other end of the same block on Church Street, Commonwealth Edison is seeking approval for a new mural on a wall that separates its power substation from the new Youth and Opportunity United office at 1911 Church St.

A preliminary artist’s sketch of the proposed mural design.

The mural proposal says it is planned to represent female energy, or Mother Nature, as creator of life. It will incorporate handmade tiles made by local residents.

The plans for both projects are on the agenda for the Design and Project Review Committee meeting at 2:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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