Evanston’s Economic Development Committee tonight is scheduled to review requests from two businesses for facade improvement grants.
Bramer Animal Hospital is seeking $10,000 to improve the look of its long-time home at 1021 Davis St.
Top: A rendering showing the planned changes to Bramer’s facade. Above: A photo of how the Bramer building looks today.
The Bramer proposal would increase the window area of the building and replace the existing entry doors and signage. The low bid for the facade project is just under $40,000 and the owners are planning to spend a similar amount on interior upgrades to the front of the hospital building.
And owners of Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles are seeking $7,947 for new signage on the restaurant, which is scheduled to open next year at 2424 Dempster St.
A rendering of the proposed restaurant signage.
The restaurant project has already received city help in the form of a $200,000 gap financing loan at 5.75% interest over a five year term with 20 year amortization and six months of interest-only payments.
The city budgeted $75,000 for the facade improvement program for 2012. If these two projects are approved, it will still have over $17,000 left in the budget with just a month left to go in the year.