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Main Street Business Roundtable held at Cielo Grande

Main Street Board Members presenting Toris Realty their grant check. L to R: Aimee Slater West, Don Clemens, Roseann Hickman, David Grimmer, Jasmine Cupp, Jim Recker, and Jeff Morgan.

On Thursday, August 21, Main Street Port Clinton held a Business Roundtable in The Loft at Cielo Grande. The Roundtable was a chance to recognize grant recipients and for downtown business owners and building owners to discuss any business ideas and concerns that they have.

Main Street Port Clinton awarded $15,000 to downtown building owners and business owners to improve their property, positively influence economic growth and enhance aesthetic appeal to the historic downtown. Downtown Improvement Grant recipients were:

• Cielo Grande Tapas Bar for window replacement.
• Dublin Commercial Property Services, Inc. for front façade renovations.
• Erie Shores Chiropractic, Inc. for a new sign, handrail and painting.
• Jolor, LLC for front façade renovations.
• Mary’s Blossom Shoppe for building renovations.
• Ohler & Holzhauer for marquee signage.
• Riverfront, LLC/Baithouse River Bar for roof repairs and a new sign.
• Slater’s Madison Street Pub for front façade renovations.
• Toris Realty for front façade renovations.

Over $300,000 dollars were requested in grants this year from the downtown businesses. Next year’s deadline for Downtown Improvement Grant applications will be April 1 with applications being available starting in March 2015.

New businesses in the downtown were also recognized: Cielo Grande, Clinton House, Soleil Clothing, Soleil Ice Cream, Northern Exposure Gallery, and Jilly Gray. Relocated businesses recognized were: Lilly & Gert’s, Erie Shores Chiropractic and On Point Wellness.

Main Street Port Clinton also discussed the plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Small Cities Grant that the City received. The $2.34 million dollar grant will be used to widen the sidewalks, separate the storm and sewer lines, convert the angled parking to straight parking and other projects. The money will be used to make the downtown more pedestrian friendly. Main Street reassured everyone that the downtown will not lose parking spaces. Blueprints are being finalized now and the project is projected to begin in spring 2016.

Starting this coming May, construction on Second Street will begin. Similar projects stated above will be carried out on Second Street and will be done in sections. Main Street urged curious citizens that want to see construction plans to visit City Hall where they are on file.

With talk of the changes to the downtown, business and building owners that were in attendance expressed concern for the current situation of downtown Port Clinton. One business owner said that he is concerned about the lack of signage and dangerous intersections that put pedestrians at risk. These concerns are implemented into the plan for the downtown.

Main Street Port Clinton also announced a schedule of events from now until the end of the year.

• Art Walk this Thursday, August 28 and the fourth Thursday of the month until October
• Reverse raffle beach party September 20
• Harvest Festival September 26-28
• Trick-or-treat and Zombie Crawl October 25
• Community Christmas with lighted parade December 6
• Walleye Drop December 31

“We are always looking for volunteers for events,” said Laura Schlachter, director of Main Street Port Clinton. “It takes a lot of people to run these events and the more people we have to help, the better and smoothly the events will run.”

For more information on Main Street Port Clinton or to find out more information about volunteering, call the Main Street/Chamber office at 419-734-5503 or visit historicportclinton.com.

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