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Three existing and one proposed new business in the Carrollton downtown redevelopment district were given approval from the City of Carrollton Design and Review Board to go before council to request funding from the Enterprise Incentive Program at their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 17.
Rita Brown applied for the start-up business grant, which allows council, in its discretion, to provide funding up to $25,000 per fiscal year to an approved developer for interior improvement. She presented her plans to the board to renovate The Towne Shop, located at 416 Main Street, into an antique mall and coffee shop. Brown said she will offer country primitive products, antiques and flower arrangements, as well as operate a coffee and tea shop with desserts.
Her future plans include adding a kitchen and extra bathroom to expand into a small lunch eatery, offering different sandwiches.
Brown applied for $4,483 in funding to be used to replace the existing carpet with laminate flooring, install ceiling fans, paint the interior and replace the lighting.
Main Street Program manager and board ex-officio Sam Burgess said he and Code Enforcement Officer Scott Allnutt have walked through Brown’s plans with her and the reconfiguration of the space and electrical/plumbing work is up to code. “It would be a most welcome addition to the downtown mix,” Burgess said.
The original proposal included $300 for an exterior sign, but after some discussion, Brown decided to pay for that herself.
Chairman Jim Richey said he would like to move the application forward to council, but would like to see a sample of the laminate flooring in the submission. A motion was made by Traci McBurney, seconded by Nancy Jo Grobmyer and approved 3-0.
Jim Crawford and Dennis Raisor each submitted applications for the 50/50 match grant to replace the fabric, not the structure, on the existing awnings on multiple buildings. According to the EIP ordinance, property owners may only submit one application per property per fiscal year for grant funding.
Ruth Baxter represented Crawford, who was out of town, at the meeting.
They applied to replace the fabric on four awnings at 519 Highland Ave. at a total cost of $2,597 and three awnings at 523 Highland Ave. for a total cost of $2,703.
Baxter said the fabric will be the same color as they are currently, which was approved by DRB six years ago. The application was approved 3-0.
Pam Raisor, representing Dennis Raisor who also could not be at the meeting, presented their two applications.
The first was for the property from 509-511 Highland Avenue, housing the Chamber of Commerce and Artful Gifts, at a cost of $1,060. The second was for the property from 513-515 Highland Ave., housing the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Office and Raisor, Zapp and Woods office, at a cost of $1,150.
The application also was approved 3-0.
Mark Garnett of Graham-Dunn Funeral Home submitted an application to replace the fabric on 13 of the property’s 15 awnings that are viewable from Fifth Street or Sycamore Street at a cost of $6,975. However, the contractor said they would give them a 10 percent discount because they are doing two jobs in Carrollton, Garnett said.
The awning fabric will be a very similar design to what is currently up, but will be black rather than green.
He also applied to paint the exterior of the north building, which is the side closest to Highland Avenue, bringing their total application to $8,099.76. The funeral home applied for the maximum $4,000 grant, and it was approved 3-0.
These four projects will be on the agenda at the next city council meeting Monday, Sept. 24.
Monk and Marsh and The Towne Shoppe also presented proposals, but were not approved at this time.
Allnutt said he had the application and all of the plans for Monk and Marsh’s proposal to replace windows, paint and replace any damaged wood or windows. However, according to the ordinance, the applicant must be present for the DRB meeting and both Jim Monk and Nick Marsh were out of town.
JoEllen Tumbrink presented a plan to replace some of the windows at The Towne Shoppe. However, she did not have all the information required by DRB. Allnutt said he would set a special meeting and let everyone know. He will be out of town for training during their next regularly scheduled meeting.