A special meeting was held by the Muncie Redevelopment Commission (MRC) on Thursday to approve ten projects for the second round of downtown Muncie facade restoration projects.
Christopher Allen, Facade Grant Administrator and Chair of of the Design Review & Selection Committee, presented the committees recommendations for the for the $1 million allocation. According to Allen, “The committee had a very difficult decision to make as all of the architects and owners submitted very worthy and compelling designs.”
Subject to acceptance of a contract by the parties awarded the grant dollars, the following ten projects will be funded:
- 103 N. High Street, H. Heintzelman for $44 thousand.
- 420 S. High Street, Roberts Hotel for $25o thousand.
- 109 E. Main Street, J. Vance for $36 thousand.
- 117 E. Main Street, Quirk Rivers & Hunter Law for $174 thousand.
- 216 E. Main Street, Boyce Block for $124 thousand.
- 115 S. Walnut Street, Sears building for $187 thousand.
- 120 N. Walnut Street, J. Neal for $35 thousand.
- 300 S. Walnut Street, Goddard building for $45 thousand.
- 425 S. Walnut Street, Aber Apartments for $101 thousand.
- 225 E. Washington, Sinclair building for $38 thousand.
Allocations were based on the grant amount requested, the extent of the project, the committee scores and recommendation, and final approval of Muncie Redevelopment Commission.
According to the grant guidelines, the program will pay for 70% of the eligible expenditures with a maximum grant award to any applicant being $250 thousand. Projects in downtown Muncie may include: exterior restoration of street, side or rear facades; roof work; restoration of painted historical commercial signs; architects fees; and structural reinforcement necessary to restore the facade and/or roof.
Funds for the facade restoration are provided as a five-year forgivable mortgage against the property in the amount of the grant share of the total project cost. Upon completion, the building owner must also consent to have the building listed as a historical landmark.
The MRC pointed out that the $1.5 million awarded in 2002 Facade Restoration Grants resulted in more that $22 million in private investments in downtown Muncie, and they project this second round will be equally successful.
With the downtown development plan introduced in the past week, and the initial plans of a hotel/training facility coming to downtown Muncie, there is much to be hopeful for with all the activity occurring in the heart of the city.
While not officially announced during the MRC special meeting, we did learn that former Delaware County Commissioner, Todd Donati, will replace Bruce Baldwin as Director of the MRC. Bruce served the city well and announced his retirement at the end of last year. We wish Mr. Donati well in his new position.
Also during the official meeting, Board Member Ken Hughes apologized to the board and Mayor Dennis Tyler for a comment he made during last months meeting which made its way into the newspaper in several columns which were taken completely out of context. A class act, but could have easily been avoided had we not been subjected to another round of embarrassing journalism from Keith Roysdon at our Gannett owned newspaper claiming to be Muncie’s hometown community paper.