The Business Improvement Committee hosted a Business After Hours on Monday, Oct. 5 for all those interested in learning more about the Community Development Block Grant. Ed Basch of the Iowa Economic Development Authority presented updated information about this grant and answered questions of the 60 people in attendance.
The Block Grant Committee interviewed 5 architectural firms on Oct. 6 and made a recommendation to the Jefferson City Council. Region XII Council of Governments is providing two experienced grant writers to help with this process. The CDBG is due in early February, 2016.
A group of volunteers are making a huge impact! Members of the Design Committee are taking a hands-on approach with a bucket of paint, ladders and lifts. Deb Kucerak was awarded a Paint Iowa Beautiful grant for paint to improve facades in downtown Jefferson. A recommendation of black paint to help simulate windows on Angie’s Teagarden was completed by Chris Heisterkamp and Susan Fray. The former Aha Bakery building was painted a lighter color to attract attention to potential buyers. This was painted by Deb and Susan. Thanks to all of these volunteers for Main Street better known as J-MOC!
A number of Main Street building owners took advantage of a free program offered through Main Street Iowa. Tim Reinders is a Design Consultant with years of experience through the Main Street program. When a request is sent in with a current picture and a historical picture of the property, Tim visits the owner to discuss needs and desires for the façade. On Oct. 21, Tim met with four owners and the staff at the Jefferson Public Library along with Design Committee members. He will then complete a rendering of proposed ideas for that building with a copy to the owner and to Jefferson Matters: Main Street.