GC Council discusses design guidelines for local businesses

Michaela Kendall

GRUNDY CENTER - With the recent facade improvement project sprucing up downtown Grundy Center, the local City Council is making an effort to establish a more aesthetically cohesive business district.
With the Main Street area being the face of Grundy Center, the council noted the importance of keeping a cohesive look to the area, while preserving the historic charm of the district. 
During their meeting on Monday night, the council discussed possible design guidelines for local businesses, specifically focusing on the exterior of thebuildings including signage, awnings and other features.
Representatives of the Grundy Center Chamber-Main Street organization were present at the meeting to offer their support and help with the design guidelines.
“The goal is not to add to the burden of business and property owners, but to help preserve and protect the investment the city and property owners are making in the community to improve the look, property values and livability of the area,” said GC Chamber-Main Street Director Lisa Bienfang. “We see this as a way to protect your investment, and a way for us to be a resource to business owners and provide them with resources, ideas and feedback on possible designs.”
Council members agreed that they wouldn’t want to force any design guidelines on business and property owners who aren’t seeking public funding for improvements, but that they thought having a design committee to offer advice and consultations to the business and property owners would be beneficial.

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