Streator council says yes to facade grants at 2 businesses

City will spend $30,000 more than budgeted

The Streator City Council decided Wednesday it did not want to disrupt the momentum of its downtown facade program, approving $60,000 worth of projects when the budget for the program had half of that amount slated.

The city’s Plan Commission recommended James and Theresa Hombaker’s request for $30,000 for the corner property at 501 S. Sterling St. and 103 S. Sterling St., which houses Hombaker Automotive and retail space. The Hombakers plan to install a new storefront door, replace storefront windows on the north and west facades and add an awning over the north facade windows.

The panel also recommended Maria Santoy’s request for $30,000 for 110 and 112 E. Main St., which is home to Mi Mexicana. She plans to install nine new second-story windows, tuckpoint the second story of both buildings, remove wood shakes and install new metal roofing, install new soffit lighting and aluminum soffit and paint and install new siding.

The maximum grant amount is $15,000, but each of these properties have two addresses, making them eligible for the maximum for each listing.

The city’s budget slated enough money for one of these projects, but City Manager David Plyman said he was optimistic the city would receive money for COVID-19 relief that can be directed to economic development. City Engineer Jeremy Palm also noted work for an approved facade grant for 502-506 E. Main St., where Cali’s bar is located, has not started and that project has until the end of the year to start, or else the business owner loses the grant, potentially bringing the city even with its budgeted amount.

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.