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City closes out grant for improvements to former Owl restaurant & Alpena Furniture

Submitted by on May 16, 2019 – 12:28 amNo Comment

The City of Alpena is in the process of closing out a state grant that helped cover the cost of two large-scale improvement projects in the downtown area.

The city received a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) grant of more than $1.36 million in 2015 to facilitate improvements to the former Olde Owl Tavern & Grille, now Mango’s, on Chisholm Street, and Alpena Furniture and Flooring on Second Avenue.

The owner of the former Owl restaurant received a little more than $230,000 for façade improvements, which required a match of nearly the same amount.

The owner of Alpena Furniture initially received over $1.1 million for façade improvements, including all new windows, and the addition of 10 new apartments on the second floor. The owner decided against the apartments later and the grant was lowered by $400,000. That left an award of a little more than $733,000 for the windows and some masonry improvements. It required a match of nearly $306,000.

Similar grants were received in the past for façade improvements to Downtown Scoops and the Center Building.