DUR Board holds meeting

The Red Oak Downtown Urban Renewal Board held its regular meeting Dec. 6.
DUR Chairman Roger Vial opened the meeting with a financial report for the organization.
“As of now, we have around $28,000 of unallocated funds for the remaining six months of the year for future downtown projects,” Vial said.
Two projects seeking first round approval were on the DUR agenda, the first a building owned by Ann Carder at 316 E. Coolbaugh St.
“The grant request is for triple double hung windows in apartment #1. The estimated cost is $1,850, and the grant request is for $462,” Vial said.
DUR member Ann Carder said the project has been completed.
“The windows were needed; the tenant is thrilled. They were having moisture and cold air in the apartment before, and now they no longer have that issue, so it’s worked out well,” commented Carder.
The DUR board approved the grant request, with Carder abstaining from the vote. Vial said he needed proof of payment in order to proceed to the final request for funding.
The second request was for 201 E. Reed St., owned by Innovative Investing LLC. The building was formerly owned by Dave Barnes.
“The request is to update the store front, door, and windows on the north half of the building, Estimated cost is $4,000 and the grant request is for $1,000,” stated Vial. “He wrote me to let the project was completed on Oct. 30. I got the proof of payment and everything for final approval after the DUR agenda was published, so the final approval will take place at the next meeting of the DUR Board.”
The DUR Board granted first round approval.
Vial said he had no updated information on projects seeking final approval. Audie Rainey, who owned 601 N. 3rd St., gave an update on his own project.
“It is in final stages. It’s the apartment above Val’s Sugar Shack. We took the boiler out of service and did new plumbing and drain work. We’re working on the south unit, and have made a two bedroom apartment out of it,” Raineyt said. “All of the walls are built or restructured, made closets for both bedrooms, a large living room, and organized the space better. All the walls have been treated and painted. We’re still working on the kitchen and bathroom restoration.”
Rainey estimated the project would be ready for final approval and the request for funding by the time of the next DUR meeting.
The DUR Board also discussed a Community Catalyst Grant request from 503 N. 3rd St., owned by Fountain Square LLC. Vial said it was the only project that had been submitted for consideration.
The DUR Board reviewed the grant request and scored it, and approved the project to be considered by the Red Oak City Council.

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