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A façade improvement grant has been approved for a building off of Main Street in downtown Sycamore; and the mayor says it represents the reason why the city chose to expand the areas which are eligible for these grants.

204 West Elm was recently purchased by Randy and Nancy Edwards; they received a 50 percent match up to $5,000 to cover the cost of exterior renovations.  The Architectural Review Committee approved the grant request, and the City Council signed off on it Monday night.

Mayor Ken Mundy says the city’s decision to include more streets in the façade grant zone, means more locations like this one will get badly-needed upgrades.

The city is also launching its tree planting program for 2015; up to 125 trees are available for purchase, to be planted in a front or side yard of any residence in town.

A variety of trees are available for purchase, with the city paying 50 percent of the cost; homeowners must come in person to the Sycamore Center to place an order, and they’re expected to go fast – the deadline is October 12th.

KC Stevens



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