MONMOUTH — Broad Street will see new businesses — and new business facades — soon. The Urban Renewal Agency approved grants for the building to make the improvements.
The first grant was approved at $4,495 for 165 Broad St. for painting, replacement of broken windows, brick repair and replacement of an existing awning.
The owner, Yul Provancha of Salem, said in the grant application that a bakery will be built at the location.
The second grant was for $8,165 to fix the exterior of both 169 and 171 Broad St., also owned by Provancha. Work will include replacing existing siding with board and batten siding and modifying the existing roofline to present a more uniform appearance.
Provancha said in the grant application this building will be used as a mail depot.
Facade improvement grants are paid for with urban renewal funds. For the fiscal year 2014-15, $15,000 is budgeted for these grants.
The grants were approved unanimously by the Urban Renewal Agency, which comprises the Monmouth city councilors and the mayor.
In other business, the Urban Renewal Agency discussed goals for the Main Street Business District.
Marshall Guthrie said he would like to see a rather quick and inexpensive project completed. Other agency members agreed.
The group decided on making sidewalk improvements quickly, and then moving on to bigger projects, such as improving the streetscape of the Highway 99W corridor.
Other projects, including planned ballfields on 16th Street, were removed from the Urban Renewal Agencies list of goals.