Many thanks to Charles Mrlack, Jr., and Joe and Jaimie Amati for submitting applications for facade grant projects, and to Jason Mattey and Dionne Malush for resubmitting two of theirs for the current round of the DCED Keystone Communities Facade Grant Funding.
Mr. Mrlack will be restoring the facade and alley elevation of 717-719 West Main Street, historically the Kerr-Layman houses, sometimes more recently called the Whitlatch Row.
The Amatis are the new owners of CJ’s Furniture and the Markell Apartments Building where the store is located. They will clean the eight awnings at the upper story balconies and repaint the wrought iron balcony railings.
Jason Mattey and Dionne Malush will be restoring the third-story windows at 208-214 West Main Street (the Isaac W. Jones Block/McGregor/Wible Building where the Chamber of Commerce Office and Farmers Insurance are located) and repairing the structural problem in the building’s northeast corner. And Jason and Dionne will be looking into adding a mural on the uphill side of the Yohe Building and reopening a closed-in window opening to create a display case for a Downtown shoppers’ map and to display posters.
And many thanks to the Design Review Committee of the Monongahela Main Street Program and the Monongahela City Council for approving these projects this week. Thanks are also due to the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for funding the current facade grant program for projects undertaken this year and next. The Regional Director for the DCED is Johnna Pro, who has been following our program and been supportive of it, and who lives in the Charleroi area and passes through our Downtown frequently. So – many, many, many thanks to Johnna as well.
Applications for facade grants for historical (pre-1965) buildings in Downtown Monongahela may be picked up from Dorothea Pemberton at Monongahela City Hall. The program reimburses 50% of approved facade work on business-related historic properties within a certain target area, up to a total grant of $5,000 per building/project.