Renovation project receives approval from Hobart panel

2014-05-01T17:00:00Z 2014-05-01T23:16:11Z Renovation project receives approval from Hobart panelChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The city's Redevelopment Commission is supportive of an exterior rehabilitation project planned in Hobart's downtown.

The project is slated to occur on the building that houses Cagney's Saloon and Prime Real Estate, at the corner of Main and Third streets.

A goal of the project is to give the structure a cohesive appearance, said Fred Redell, who represented the owners of the building during a Redevelopment Commission meeting this week.

Aspects of the project include adding new brick to the exterior of the structure, Redell said.

Existing masonry would be tuck-pointed. That brick also would be painted to match the new brick on the structure, Redell said.

Although it is one structure, two separate facade grants were submitted because the building has two addresses.

The commission approved one of the grants for $30,360.

The panel appears supportive of the second grant request, but it is waiting to make a decision until it can review revised drawings for that aspect of the project.

If that grant is approved, the city's total contribution to the exterior renovation work would be more than $60,000.

An investment from the city would come with certain expectations. Denarie Kane, Hobart's director of development, said the property should be kept "pristine."

Exploratory demolition occurred before plans were created for the renovation project, Redell said.

During the demolition, a sign for the former Dyche Drug Co. was uncovered.

Redell said the sign is brittle and could be destroyed if it is removed from the building. The sign will be examined again to determine if it can be taken off the structure.

If it is removed, the sign would be donated to the Hobart Historical Society.

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