The Dyersville City Council has approved three contracts that are set to change the face of nearly an entire block of downtown buildings.
Jacque Rahe, executive director of Dyersville Economic Development Corp., said she was recently approached by Chad and Amy Clouse and Dave and Lisa Kramer about a desire to improve their building façades located at 108 1st Avenue West and 112 1st Avenue West.
“We have kind of been urging (the Clouses) for quite some time to do something with the exterior as well since we have a pretty large investment going in across the river,” Rahe said.
The Clouses, who are doing an extensive remodel on the interior of Chad’s Pizza, and the Kramers agreed on a plan that would maintain the continuity between the two buildings, which will now have brick fronts. As part of the effort, Richard and Dawn Kroeger, of Kroeger Body Shop, will also receive façade funds.
The three projects will be furnished from a $50,000 fund the council has set aside for this fiscal year, so this will not be financed through the new tax increment finance (TIF) program. In total, Clouses will receive up to $28,500, Kramers $9,200 and Kroegers $13,800 for a potential total of $51,500.
Each agreement will only receive up to 50% of the total costs, or the amount not to be exceeded in the individual agreement.
Given that this is being structured as an easement deal, the city will have the final say on the design and if any changes are made within the next seven years, they also must be submitted to the city for approval.
“I think this is the right move to make, especially with Chad’s major investment in that area along with the city’s investment in the parking lot,” City Administrator Mick Michel said. “This makes great sense and that’s why we wanted to include all three of these properties. One of these properties is a quasi-residential/part-time commercial, but it makes sense because the buildings are going to be kind of considered as one building with the same type of brick structure.”
The council was curious if the Clouses were also interested in doing something with the side of their building that faces the city’s parking lot.
Rahe said the Clouses were considering that type of project, but obviously, it would be much more expensive to brick compared to the façade.
“We’ve talked about murals and different applications on that side, so he’s open to suggestions,” Rahe said. “We do have an estimate for the side, but it’s pretty substantial.”
Michel said for the side of the building, a different approach would need to be taken, as the façade program only covers the front of the structure.
There is one more building on the 100 block of 1st Avenue West, but Michel said façade funding has already been stretched for this fiscal year. However, interested property owners should keep inquiring with the city if they want to participate in the program.