Restoration begins of downtown Crown Point building

2013-07-10T17:20:00Z 2013-07-10T22:17:23Z Restoration begins of downtown Crown Point buildingBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | A downtown building undergoing a face-lift will be permitted to temporarily locate a dumpster at the site.

Building owners Matt and Sandy Bapple are restoring the facade of the more-than century-old 101 N. Main St. building to its original look. The couple's BappleĀ & Bapple CPA firm occupies all three floors of the building.

A trash bin occupying three parking spaces on the building's south side, facing Clark Street, was approved by the Board of Public Works and Safety. The dumpster is permitted to be there from Friday through July 22.

The dumpster is not expected to hamper vehicle traffic at the location, at the northwest corner of Main and Clark streets, officials said.

Arrangements will be made to reroute foot traffic around the building site, officials said.

Plans for the building include a storefront window on the first floor facing Main Street, replacing faux wood paneling there now, and the removal of a canopy installed in the 1950s.

Bricked windows on the first-floor exterior south wall will be exposed and existing glass replaced with new double-hung windows similar to those shown in older photos of the building, constructed in 1891.

Plans for a sign saying Bapple & Bapple Inc. CPA, proposed to be suspended from the upper floors of the southeast corner of the building, will be reviewed by the city's Historic Preservation Commission for the sign's compliance with historic district guidelines.

The sign also requires approval by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The renovation project earlier this year was granted preliminary approval for up to $50,000 in city facade restoration funding, meant to encourage improvements to the appearance of buildings in the downtown.

"The building adds to the value of our community," Mayor David Uran said Wednesday in discussion with the Board of Public Works and Safety.

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