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An aging storefront along Green Bay Road will get a whole new look with the help of a forgivable loan from the City of Evanston that an advisory panel voted to approve Wednesday night.

The Economic Development Committee recommended that the City Council approve $10,000 from the city’s storefront modernization program for the project. The building’s new owner, Susan Bleier of Wilmette, is planning to spend about another $50,000 on the work.

It will involve completely removing the front facade of the building and replacing it with a new one set back from the angled street that is meant to provide a more accessible and attractive pedestrian entrance.

A rendering of the new look for 2200 Green Bay Road.

The project was designed by Studio VIM architects of Evanston.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, said she really liked the project and that it would be a nice complement to the city’s project next year to upgrade the streetscape along the Emerson-Ridge-Green Bay corridor.

The committee voted unanimously to recommend approval of the forgivable loan.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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