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Svea and Hopleaf Get New Facelifts, Facade Rebate Program Helps To Revitalize Andersonville Strip

svea-2With Hopleaf celebrating their 25th Anniversary and Svea restaurant being a part of the community for as long as most can remember, time has taken its toll on the storefronts through the years. As many long-lasting area businesses see the same issue, a helpful rebate program offered through the Andersonville Development Corp is making construction upgrades possible .

The Andersonville Facade Incentive Program which uses funds from the Special Service Area (SSA) #22, is providing financial assistance to businesses who would like to improve the facades of their storefronts. The hope is that people who take advantage of the program will help revitalize the Andersonville strip.

Nick Wolff, Economic Development and Business Services point person for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce said, “The program is intended to provide funds to help small business owners improve the physical appearance of their storefronts.” 

Wolff continued, “The program also helps enhance the pedestrian scale streetscape and ensures that exceptional design solutions are introduced within our nationally recognized historic district and its 116 contributing buildings.”

Svea restaurant at 5236 N Clark St is almost complete now with many upgrades. Their old plate windows have been replaced with a fresh traditional look. Their cast iron decorative metal work on the outside of the building has been restored and painted with eye-catching metallic gold paint.

hopleaf-1Hopleaf has received similar improvements including new tile work, new column fluting, and bright red doors on their original storefront at 5148 N Clark St.

Thom Greene of Greene & Proppe Design, Inc. at 1209 W Berwyn Ave was the architect on both projects. As he worked on the facades, his purpose was to include the historical charm of Andersonville in the designs.

Greene said, “The Façade Rebate program was created to assist owners to create and promote quaint, old world charm with their storefronts and signage in Andersonville. It is these touches that set our National Historic District apart from the banality of the others”

Greene continued, “Together they all make Andersonville unique and bring people to the commercial area so, the locally owned businesses can be sustainable in this world of national chains.”

This year there are three businesses taking advantage of the full facade rebates and another obtaining a slightly smaller rebate for storefront signage. Last year six businesses utilized the program. Rebates are available for up to 50% of qualifying costs on approved construction projects exceeding $500. The maximum rebate is $5,000.

For more information on the rebate program, contact Nick Wolff at the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, 773-728-2995 or visit Andersonville.org.

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