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Proposed renovation

The quality growth fund review committee tabled a request Monday for financial help in renovating a building on Jeffers St / U.S. Highway 83.

The vote was 5-0 to table the request, Chamber and DevCo Executive Director Gary Person said.  

Enzo Athletic Performance, which currently operates a workout and training center at 1204 West A, wants to move into the building at 206 N. Jeffers formerly occupied by Midwest Screen Print.

Jason and Kayla Jensen, the Enzo owners, would buy and renovate the building at a cost of around $238,000. They sought a quality growth fund grant of $22,234 for the project – less than 10% of the overall cost, according to the application.

The committee expressed gratitude for the Jensen’s interest in investing in downtown North Platte and rehabilitating the building. However, the committee felt the request may not fit the intended purpose of the Quality Growth Fund plan, in that it would only create one additional full time job at most, according to the application.  

Person said issues were expressed about the building’s current façade, which has unique historic characteristics. The Jensen’s planned to rebuild the front in a more modern look.  

Chamber / Devco is currently exploring funding sources, including quality growth funds, for historic restorations and downtown revitalization, and if that comes about, the Jensens were encouraged to apply for that program, if they will consider restoring the same design of the existing façade, Person said.

Also during the meeting, the advisory committee specifically discussed incentive funds for façade restoration in downtown revitalization, and went into closed session to discuss litigation and related negotiations.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/11/2017
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