The Duneland Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Duneland Economic
Development Company (DEDC), is announcing seven projects selected to receive
faŤade improvement grants.
This year $20,000 will be allocated to the selected projects, the Chamber
said in a statement released today.
Look for improvements at the following establishments:
* ABL Holdings (the Main Street building), 119 S. Calumet Road.
* Dog Days Ice Cream and Byron’s Barber Shop, 121-123 S. Calumet Road.
* Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill, 356 Indian Boundary.
* TNT, 209 Broadway.
* Uncle Joe’s Bar & Grill, 361 N. Calumet Road.
* Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders, 112 S. 11th St.
* Weekends, 206 S. Calumet Road.
“It is exciting to see the improvements made to the businesses year after
year,” Chamber President Maura Durham said. “Little by little we are trying
to do our part to make the downtown a visibly more welcoming place to our
neighbors and visitors.”
Funded by the Duneland Economic Development Company (DEDC)--the Chamber’s
not-for-profit arm--the FaŤade Grant Program fosters and funds projects
which will improve the appearance of commercial buildings in the main
corridors of Duneland communities.
“It is the DEDC’s philosophy that funding such projects will draw and
increase the number of visitors to downtown areas and enhance the quality of
life for local resident,” the Chamber said.
The program requires a minimum 20 percent of the project be paid for by the
applicant. Grants may be used only for expenses reasonably associated with
the exterior rehabilitation of a property, and all building permits must be
obtained prior to commencing the project.
Recipients submitted detailed budgets which demonstrated good planning and
aesthetic cooperation with neighboring businesses. Projects were open to the
communities of Burns Harbor, Porter, and Chesterton.