Beatrice City Council Rescinds Some Downtown Improvement Loans

BEATRICE – The Beatrice City Council has approved rescinding agreements with four downtown building façade improvement projects, that will not be able to complete improvements by a November 1st deadline.  But the council allowed two more weeks for one project to comply, that has been completed.

The action means about $87,700 in state grant money through the program will be reallocated to other projects that are meeting the time deadline. Michael and Jane White sought more time to complete paper work on a project at their building, located along Fifth Street.  Michael White, of Hanover, Kansas says his wife Jane runs the beauty boutique at the Fifth Street property.  Michael White says the couple have fulfilled every requirement for the grant but need a signature from a contractor located in Lincoln.

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The hang-up apparently involves a federal labor law requirement.  The loan agreement to the business under the grant program, totals $1,500.

The actions to rescind agreements included the Hevelone Building owned by a local law office, a building along the east side of North 7th, a downtown theatre property and a project along the south side of Court Street between Sixth and Seventh.

This year, seventeen building front improvements were forwarded to the Beatrice City Council by a special committee and approved by elected officials for block grant funding.   The downtown revitalization program has produced significant improvements to some downtown structures, located within a National Historic District.

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