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Grant helps enhance business
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Main Street McMinnville has awarded a $1,000 facade grant to James and Brooke Totherow, owners of the old Western Auto building on Main Street.
“We’ve seen the changes in downtown over the last 10 years and we wanted to be part of that,” said James. “We’re proud to be part of downtown McMinnville.”
On the outside of the building, the couple painted, created a back entrance, installed new exterior doors, added cultural stone accents, installed historically correct architectural windows, and added new exterior lighting.
“They did such a wonderful job with the building,” said Ryan J. Moore, Main Street McMinnville Design Committee co-chairman. “We are so proud of James and Brooke Totherow. We appreciate their willingness to invest in downtown McMinnville. The work they did creates a strong sense of civic pride and attracts more businesses to our district.”
The Totherows received a matching grant through Main Street McMinnville. The grant pays 25 percent of the project, up to $1,000, once the project is complete.
For downtown property owners looking to do exterior upgrades, more funds will soon be available. Main Street McMinnville received a $25,000 Community Development Block Grant Commercial Facade Program grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development. Main Street McMinnville plans to divide that money into 14 matching grants.
Main Street McMinnville can be reached at 506-5335.