Village committee recommends $10,000 facade grant
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Annette Theobald and her husband take pride in the building they own at 106 N. Main St., Elburn, a 1930s structure that once housed a bank. Since 2003, it has been the site of their business, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill.
â€œIt has a lot of history and charm, and we just want to keep that up,â€ Theobald said.
The Theobalds recently spent $9,000 to replace the upstairs windows, and plan several thousand dollars more in other exterior enhancements. To help pay for the project, they are seeking a grant from the village’s downtown facade improvement program.
With the financial assistance from the village, the Theobalds will be able to install new doors and siding, and paint, Annette told the village’s Development Committee on Aug. 24.
â€œWe are focusing on the most needed repairs,â€ Annette said.
The village established the downtown facade improvement program a few years ago. So far, two property owners have taken advantage of it: Express Evaluations, 17 S. Main St., in 2007, and Elburn Dentist Richard Stewart this year, for his office building at 135 S. Main St.
The maximum grant amount under the village budget is $5,000 per property owner or tenant doing the facade improvements. Because both Express Evaluations and Richard Stewart were both owners and tenants of the buildings, the village awarded each a $10,000 grant.
The Development Committee decided Monday to recommend that the Village Board approve the same amount for the Theobald’s project.
Walter said the Theobalds should receive the $10,000 amount, because it has been the village’s practice to fund $5,000 each to the landlord and tenant, and combine those payments should the landlord and tenant be the same person.
Paisano’s occupies the building’s first floor, and owns two apartments on the upper level.