By TESA GLASS email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — At least three new businesses are headed to downtown.
Three new businesses presented proposals to the Downtown Tax Increment Finance Advisory Committee this week, asking for help with their plans to open.
Patrick LeVangie and his wife are renovating the storefront at 116 S. Ninth St.
The couple moved to Mt. Vernon after hurricane Katrina and the oil spill in the Gulf started affecting their restaurant business in New Orleans.
“We want the ambiance to be like stepping into New Orleans,” LeVangie said. “We would like to open in the spring. We’ve worked on the building for a year already.”
The cost of the final renovations to the building is estimated at $68,569.
Also on Ninth Street, Kendra and Dale Peterson are working on opening a new book store.
“It’s a new book store, independent,” Kendra Peterson said. “We will offer a number of events weekly to draw people to the downtown area and other businesses as well.”
A large children’s area is planned as well as a place for book groups to meet, an area for children’s parties, family game nights and writing workshops.
Renovations to the building are already underway. TIF funds are being sought for $85,430 to restore the facade and remove signage.
A third new business has also applied for TIF funds, Roll’m Up Smoke Shop and Liquors, planned for 1713 S. 10th St.
The business is owned by Holly Kruep, and is to be located in the former Dollar General Store building at the corner of 10th and Veterans Memorial Drive. She has requested $250,000 in TIF funds to renovate the building to make it ready for the new business.
Other TIF requests presented include:
n Randy Steel for 118 N. Ninth St., $17,240 to replace the roof system on the building;
n Randy and Linda Lowery, the Crossing, requesting $119,700 for renovations;
n Kent and Marinda Renshaw, 1005 through 1014 Broadway, requesting $244,244 to renovate the retail spaces and update the electrical service to those spaces;
n First United Methodist Church for 1201 Broadway and 1116 Main St., requesting $37,000 and $22,700 respectively. The funds would be used for renovations to alleviate water problems with the doors on the newer building, as well as put in Americans With Disabilities Act compliant ramps, work on the foundation and flooring. The previously used building would be demolished and a retaining wall foundation replaced expanding the park area of First United Methodist Church;
n Frank Barlotta, 815 through 819 Jordan Street, for Girolamo’s renovations to its building, requesting $323,500;
n Toni Federicci, Headpieces by Toni, 916 Main St., requesting $27,287 for building and facade renovations;
n Nick Wheeler, Once Upon A Lifetime Photography, 922 Main St., requesting $22,000 for roof work and replacement of windows; and
n The William D. and Phyllis A. Edmison Trust, requesting $168,125 for tuckpointing, new electrical service, paving and window replacement of its building at 1000 Main St.
No decisions on TIF fund allocation recommendations have been made at this time. Once decisions have been made by the Advisory Board, the applicants will be notified and the recommendations given to the City Council for consideration.