July 16--NEENAH -- Future Neenah Inc. has secured a $10,000 grant from the city to help pay for exterior improvements to its building at 135 W. Wisconsin Ave.
The money will be drawn from the city's Facade Improvement and Design Assistance Program, which is funded by federal community development block grants.
Carol Kasimor, assistant city planner, said the program has awarded $127,368 in matching grants to 21 businesses since 2002. It pays for 50 percent of a project's cost, up to $10,000, to promote the preservation of historic buildings in the Business Improvement District.
"Quite a few other property owners have undertaken this kind of work to improve the maintenance and the appearance of the buildings downtown to attract business," Kasimor said.
Future Neenah, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural and economic vitality of Neenah, plans to spend $26,859 on facade improvements. The work will replace the storefront windows and cornice and will reposition the entryway.
The improvements are part of a $200,000 renovation of Future Neenah's headquarters. The renovation began in June and will continue until the end of August.
"It's a pretty extensive investment," said Amy Barker, executive director of Future Neenah. "The biggest part of the interior (work) is the welcome center that we're creating in the front."
Future Neenah has relocated to the second floor of 145 W. Wisconsin Ave., above Zacatecas restaurant, during construction.
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