The money allocated for the facade grant this year has already been doled out, Palm said, emblematic of how popular the program has become. There are currently plans in place for the 500 block of East Main to be renovated, the current location of Smitty’s Tavern.
Palm said the facade grant program is responsible for a total of $1.345 million in downtown investment between the city and private property owners since 2014.
“I think people forget what some of the old buildings looked like prior to the renovations,” Ogle said. “When they get reminded, they’re amazed at what this program has done.”
Streator Chamber of Commerce President Jack Dzuris said he can just go down the list of new businesses and check off the ones that received a facade grant.
"It should make the community feel a lot better about how everything looks," Dzuris said. "There'll be more coming, I'm sure.
"It's a great step for the city to have these funds available, and there's been a vast improvement in the downtown area."