"....as long as (the construction) is happening, you might as well make the extra effort and fix the front of your building.....when that street is done, it's going to be a brand new downtown. Think of how the downtown will floor to ceiling, basically...."
The money would come from state funds through Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, D.R.I. money through the Downtown Works revolving loan fund, and city funds and grants. Steffen says a survey of downtown businesses showed the top concern was facade improvements. Steffen says participating businesses will see a mix of funding to get the work done...
"...so there will be a certain percentage that will be a grant, a certain percentage that they'll either put in their own money or through a loan..."
At the city council meeting, council member Alex Young questioned whether the $20,000 in a grant form committed by the city would be a good investment.