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Farmer's Market Place to Receive Facade Grant

The grant will fund up to 66 percent of the exterior renovations.

Farmer's Market Place, which is taking over the storefront previously occupied by Piggly Wiggly, will receive a façade grant up to $150,000 to help with its exterior renovations.

Grayslake trustees voted unanimously Feb. 19 to provide the grant, which will cover 66 percent of the façade costs, not to exceed $150,000. The grant is being awarded at the recommendation of the village's Economic Development Commission in lieu of a sales tax reimbursement agreement.

Mayor Rhett Taylor said the intention of the façade grant is to improve the economic climate and drive up property values in the area.

"This is a corridor that hasn't received any attention," said Taylor.

Trustee Ron Jarvis expressed concern about making sure the smaller businesses are being represented in the façade program. He added that the amount being awarded to Farmer's Market Place "is 100 percent over budget," with the village allocating $70,000 for façade grants this year.

"I think it's the right thing to do," said Trustee Jeff Werfel, noting, however, that he sees Jarvis' point about making sure the smaller businesses can take advantage of the program.

marilyn February 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM
FAcades, really. If anyplace around here needs a 'facade' improvement, it's Rt 83 between 120 and Washington. How about putting the money into something of substance...facade after all just means 'face'. It has nothing to do with the quality behind it. How about do something with the old Fairgrounds....you know that property that the Village overpaid on....and is sitting there....sitting there....sitting.....there was an article about how the big new FedEx got some tasty tax breaks, I wonder if this new store will, too. While the average resident gets increases. I wonder if the new store will offer employment to the Piggly Wiggly employees.....
Johnson H. February 22, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Marilyn, Do you know of anyone along the rt 83 coridor who have asked for the assistance from the village for their facade? Do you know that the village of Grayslake DOES NOT own the old fairgrounds? It was purchased from the Fairground for the purpose of developing an upscale mall. The village has never owned this piece of property. Yes Fedex recieved a partial tax break to intice them to build in Grayslake. It is not a complete tax break and it is not forever. So I am really not sure, what you are complaining about.
JerMe February 22, 2013 at 06:53 PM
That place doesn't need a facade upgrade. It needs a better anchor tenant... like a Trader Joes. There is a market for that, which will help all the other tenants. Another small grocery that can't keep up with the same incentives as Jewel (Reduced gas) will suffer the same fate as Piggly Wiggly.
TK February 22, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I agree with JerMe. There IS a market for a Trader Joes in Grayslake. I was disappointed that they were not going to be in that spot. But I don't know much about Farmer's Market Place, maybe it will be a great grocery store.
Justin February 22, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Grayslake needs to think on a larger scale. A Trader Joes would have paid for the facade leaving the grant for smaller businesses.... In addition, they would triple the sales at that location providing more tax revenue for grayslake.
Bob Miaples February 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Grayslake has thought larger scale. They have been trying to woo these businesses into the Village but guess what, they say no. The village is fiscally sound and working full time trying to get these businesses in town but if you haven't noticed they are not expanding right now. Wake up people! If you can get them to come to Grayslake I'm sure the Village staff would love to have you bring them in. Oh, and Marilyn you are crazy. The Village never owned that property and they would love to get someone to buy it from the current owners that have a giant FOR SALE sign up on Rt 45. Your taxes are also not going up from the village, blame the schools who have wasted millions and residents just sit there and take it. How many millions were wasted on those artificial turf football fields and curved GL North building? I kno0w, I know, it was the lowest bidder. The lowest bidder on an outragiously expensive design.
Tony February 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Considering all the years our family has lived in Grayslake, I can count on one hand the number of times we shopped at Piggly Wiggly. I will also mention, we only shop Jewel "in a pinch". We plan our weekly dinner and lunch menu's (school cafeteria and fast food has never been an option for our daughter) and travel to Whole Foods in Glenview each and every Sunday. I sure wished I could spend my money in my community....
Ravana February 24, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Gee, wouldn't it have been nice if the city had given the landlord a grant of $150,000 to keep the only affordable grocery store in the area open. Instead we are getting another overpriced shop most of us will never shop at. This is why my money now goes to Round Lake Beach and Gurnee Walmart.
Samantha Kobak April 30, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I'm really excited to have a Farmers Market store in the area. I've been to Farmers Market stores in the past and they are not necessarily more expensive than other stores in the area. Finally I can have more options then the same old stuff at Jewel, Walmart, Target etc and without wasting gas.

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