Two Manning businesses will be making renovations to their historic storefronts through grants made possible from Main Street Manning. Alan Irlbeck, owner of Irlbeck Collision Center, will be renovating nearly the entire front façade of the building’s tin back to the original glass front. He says his plans will call for two roll doors with glass center panels on the south side of the walk-in door and four display windows with transoms on the north side. The second building to be renovated is the Franck & Sextro Law Firm building. Owners Greg and Sandra Sextro say they are planning work on the back, or west, side of the building to prepare for an upper-story living project they plan to do within the next five years. These two were among five grant applications for a portion of the $50,000 tax-increment financing funds available to pay up to 50 percent of the estimated costs. Irlbeck was awarded $17,738.78 and the Sextros will receive $26,601.94. The Main Street Manning panel of judges said that the Irlbeck renovation ranked high because of its visual and historic impact and potential for more revenue with the addition of a second roll door. The Sextro building improvements will have little visual impact on the Main Street side of the building, but the project does have high potential for more historic residential living downtown.
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