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Wood Dale to Provide Assistance for Local Business Façade Improvement

Post Date:02/07/2018 3:35 PM

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The Wood Dale City Council has approved financial assistance for JB’s Inn, a Wood Dale neighborhood bar, as part of the City’s Façade Improvement program.

The City offers the Façade Improvement Program to encourage improvements to commercial properties within the Town Center and along the City’s main commercial corridors. Eligible projects can receive a reimbursement grant of up to 50% of the cost for improving an existing building, up to $130,000.

JB’s Inn was originally constructed in 1938, and last remodeled in 1991, with an outdoor seating area added in 2007. The proposed work will improve the exterior aesthetics of the building to make it more inviting and enhance the Irving Park streetscape within Wood Dale. This area is one of the City’s major commercial corridors.

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Planned improvements to JB’s façade include constructing a prominent entry vestibule, replacing and adding windows along the Irving Park Road and Oakwood Drive, installing new siding and stone veneer, painting the exterior of the building, and constructing a garden wall with landscaping.. A new sign with electronic message board will also be installed along Irving Park Road to replace the existing sign. Reconstruction and improvements are estimated to begin in spring 2018 with completion in early summer.

“The proposed improvements to JB’s Inn will enhance curb appeal and create a welcoming atmosphere within the community,” said Wood Dale Director of Community Development Ed Cage. “We look forward to seeing the project completed later this year.”

The City of Wood Dale encourages local businesses to participate in the Façade Improvement Program to assist with eligible expenses that contribute to the physical, economic, social and aesthetic well-being of the City. For more information, please visit econdev.wooddale.com.