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Streator commission approves facade, pending final review

The owners of H & H Mercantile, 314 E. Main St., Streator, are seeking a facade grant to renovate the front of the building. The Streator Plan Commission approved a recommendation for the grant application dependent on the property owners having a structural engineer examine the safety of the awning.
The owners of H & H Mercantile, 314 E. Main St., Streator, are seeking a facade grant to renovate the front of the building. The Streator Plan Commission approved a recommendation for the grant application dependent on the property owners having a structural engineer examine the safety of the awning.

A facade grant application for downtown Streator's H & H Mercantile, 314 E. Main St., will move forward.

That is, assuming a structural engineer gives the business the green light.

The facade grant was tabled after last month's Plan Commission meeting, and the property owners were asked to obtain quotes for replacement of the existing awning with a more traditional one due to safety concerns.

Property owners Nancy and Stigarne Holmberg attended Tuesday night's commission meeting to explain they plan to have the current awning fixed and would prefer to keep rather than replace it.

“The awning is one of the reasons why I bought the building,” said Nancy Holmberg. “I don’t want it to be cookie cutter.”

She also expressed interest in having the full facade renovated in time for the city’s Walldogs celebration.

City Manager Jeremy Palm said it was the city’s recommendation a new awning be installed. When one of the plan commissioners asked if the current awning is safe, Palm said he was not qualified to determine that and a structural engineer would have to review it.

The Plan Commission did not approve the facade grant at first but later approved a recommendation dependent on the property owners having a structural engineer examine the awning.

Balanced Spirit Wellness Center receives facade grant

The Plan Commission also approved a facade grant for Balanced Spirit Wellness Center, 419 E. Main St., for a replacement of three second-story windows, six storefront windows, the front door, sign installation and painting of original awning and tile on the storefront.

Both grants will go before the City Council at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.

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