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Facade grant extensions OKed
Program praised for beautifying downtowns
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Pictured is the Beauty Bar, 1409 Main, Great Bend. Owners had requested an execution for their Barton County Facade Improvement Grant be on the Wednesday County Commission agenda, but were able to complete the project under the original time line. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

Noting how the Barton County Facade Improvement Grant program has improved the appearance of downtown streets, the County Commission Wednesday morning approved deadline extensions and/or changes for three projects.

These include: My Town LP ,1917 Lakin Ave.; Hammond, Inc. for two properties; and Boots Wine Bar LLC., 2022 Forest.

• During the Nov. 2, 2021, meeting, My Town, LP, was allocated $14,193. They were given an extension. 

• During the Sept. 28, 2021, meeting, Hammond Inc, was allocated $20,000 for two Main Street properties, and they are seeking changes to the projects.

They will be allowed to move the 1205 Main FIG allocation to 1405 Main.  They were also granted extensions for this project and the 1211 Main project.  

• During the Sept. 28, 2021, meeting, Boots Wine Bar LLC, was allocated $20,000 for facade improvements at 2022 Forest.

Approved was moving the allocation to High Noon LLC, 1500 Kansas. An extension was all granted.

All the deadlines were extended to June 30, 2023. Commissioners said the new deadlines are final.

Commission Chairman Shawn Hutchinson, District 3, stressed that all of those who sought the changes had made their cases  before the commission during study sessions.

A fourth grant, The Beauty Bar at 1409 Main in Great Bend, was scheduled for an extension, but the request was withdrawn by owners Derik and Lexie Schneider.

During the Oct. 5, 2021, meeting, they were allocated $15,566. They were able to get their project completed within the original time frame.