Grants requested for repairing 4 downtown buildings in Mattoon

The City Council is scheduled tonight to consider allocating tax increment financing (TIF) grants for repairs to four buildings in downtown Mattoon.

The grants would be allocated from the city’s Midtown TIF revenues. The city uses part of the tax revenues generated by property development within the TIF district downtown to fund private building repair grants and public improvements within this district.

A TIF grant of up to $70,000 would be allocated to property owners Jeff and Tina Prior of Mattoon to help pay for wheelchair accessibility, building and electrical code compliance, and façade improvements to the building at 1630 Broadway Ave.

City Administrator Kyle Gill said the Priors plan to open a spa business at 1630 Broadway, a vacant office space that is located between the Jack & Bill’s Clothing and the State Beauty Supply buildings.

A TIF grant of up to $40,000 would be allocated to Novinger, L.L.C. to help pay for façade improvements to the building at 117 S. 19th St. Gill said this work is part of upgrades to the K.C. Summers automotive dealership building at the northwest corner of Charleston Avenue and 19th Street.

In a related matter, the council also will consider approving the K C Summers Auto Group’s petition for a sign ordinance variance to allow a 32-foot-tall sign to be erected at the K.C. Summers Hyundai building, 117 S. 19th St. Gill said the auto group has reported that this height is needed for the sign to be visible above nearby structures. The sign ordinance limits such signs to 25 feet tall.

Separately, a TIF grant of up to $38,079 would be allocated to Jasper Holdings, L.L.C. to help pay for wheelchair accessibility, building and electrical code compliance, and façade improvements to the building at 1819 Broadway Ave.

Gill said the storefront at 1819 Broadway is being renovated so that Mattoon Flower Shop can relocate to there from the shop’s current location at 505 S. 23rd St., on the southwest side of town.

Separately, a TIF grant of up to $34,845 would be awarded to Jarrick and Francisca Honn to help pay for roof repairs, masonry repairs, and façade improvements to the building at 1622 Broadway Ave, which is home to The War Zone game store. The War Zone page on Facebook reports the that Honns purchased this business and building from Dave and Christy Easton this spring.

The council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight following a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Abbott EMS’ appeal to be certified as an ambulance service provider in Mattoon. Other actions that the council will consider taking during the meeting include:

Accepting the second and final settlement payment of $32,000 from Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. for repairs to a fire truck that was damaged by corrosion and rust. City Administrator Gill said the first payment was $40,000.
Paying $10,000 to the Upchurch Group of Mattoon for material testing services for the ongoing resurfacing of Marshall Avenue between Ninth and 14th streets.

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