Strode’s Furniture seeks Huntley village funds for building improvements – Northwest Herald

The proposal is part of the village’s facade improvement assistance program. Under the terms of the proposal, Strode’s will be reimbursed for up to $10,000 dollars in 2015 and an additional $10,000 in 2016.

The money would go toward renovating the exterior of the Main Street landmark, first opened in 1976. Specific improvements include replacing the storefront and second-story windows; replacing and painting the wood frames on the front and rear of the building; power-washing and painting the entire building; and installing awnings above some of the windows.

The estimated total cost of the project is $47,500. Strode’s owners, Robert and Cathy Wozniak, are also seeking to install a new roof on the structure, which is ineligible for village funds.

In a letter to the Village Board, Robert Wozniak said work would begin on a new roof within the next few months.

Wozinak also said he has begun the process of reopening the boarded-up rear entrance to the store.

First approved in 2014, the facade improvement assistance program grants reimbursements to building owners in the Huntley downtown area for improvements for made to their proprieties.

The program pays owners up to 50 percent of total project costs, with a maximum reimbursement of $10,000 per project.

Individual buildings are limited to a maximum reimbursement of $20,000 over a five-year period, and the total village fund for all buildings is limited to $50,000 per year. This would be the first project funded in 2015.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday night, Village Board members raised no objections to the proposal.

“In my opinion, this is why we created the facade improvement program,” Trustee Harry Leopold said.

The proposal will be presented for final approval at the next board meeting on Friday.

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