The Economic Vitality committee has chosen their applicant for the 2019 Challenge Grant cycle. The Ace Hardware location at 123 N Chestnut is being purchased by Amanda Bills and Addi Meyer to open a tap room and restaurant called The Public House. A date has not been set for them to open.
Renovation of the first floor for the restaurant and bar area along with the upper story apartments will be involved in the Challenge grant application. A matching grant of up to $75,000 can be awarded through Iowa Economic Development Authority and coordinated by Main Street Iowa.
Amanda and Addi plan to keep the original integrity of the hardware store in their renovation plans, and upper story housing is definitely a need in Jefferson. The Economic Vitality committee feels this is a great opportunity for funding for this project.
Ethan Murray, chair of the Economic Vitality committee will work with the owners to put together the application that is due on September 20. Only one applicant per year can be submitted.
Previous Challenge Grant recipients in Jefferson include Sensibly Chic in 2017 and Prairie Lakes AEA apartment in 2018.