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Grant boosts Brick + Mortar project

THE NEW FACADE for Brick + Mortar at 213 E. Hughitt St. in downtown Iron Mountain. The project qualified for a $3,000 grant from the Downtown Development Authority.

IRON MOUNTAIN — A new business has opened in Iron Mountain with a new look, helped by a grant from the Downtown Development Authority.

Brick + Mortar, at 213 E. Hughitt St., was among four recipients of the Downtown Assistance Program grant earlier this year.

The work done by Brick + Mortar included cleaning up the existing facade by replacing deteriorating and weathered siding and trim with new, sealed siding and trim. The project also included buying lettering for the facade.

The goal was to create a timeless storefront, mixing clean mediums with historic architecture.

“I love it, absolutely love it,” Brick + Mortar owner Michael Pearson said of the look.

THE LOOK OF the building at 213 E. Hughitt St. before the Brick + Mortar project.

The store opened Friday and will have an official grand opening this Saturday, Pearson said. It offers clothing, footwear, accessories and gifts, plus a “planting bar” where customers can pick out a plant and pot as a gift.

Brick + Mortar has completed the project and the DDA Business Development Committee has made a recommendation to the DDA Board to approve $3,000 toward the project.

“It’s so rewarding to see downtown property owners utilizing the tools the DDA has designed to assist in the revitalization of downtown Iron Mountain. We are pleased to play a small role in this project and excited to welcome another new business downtown,” said Amber Pipp, DDA program director.

The DAP grant was created to maintain and enhance the integrity of downtown Iron Mountain properties and businesses and promote further growth and development within the city’s downtown commercial core.

The purpose of the DAP grant is to provide financial incentive and assistance to property owners within the downtown district wishing to complete isolated construction activities, or procure professional services of various types to promote and enhance their business activity. This program is intended to promote positive, visual change and encourage improvements to properties or businesses that are in a prominent location.

The DDA has two grants for downtown properties, the Facade Improvement and the Downtown Assistance programs. Applications for these grants will be available again in spring 2020. More information, details, and guidelines can be found at www.downtownironmountain.com.

These grants are made possible through downtown fundraising events such as Brew Fest, Italian Fest, and Oktoberfest, through sponsorships and donations, and also through the DDA millage.

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