Downtown Monroe City (DTMC) helps bring life to the downtown area by awarding three businesses on Main Street a $1000 matching grant on June 17. DTMC received six applications for grant. The grants were given to help support the improvements of the downtown buildings.
Business owners and members of the community filled the street as DTMC presented Long Brothers, LLC, Leah Dodson and Matthew Perrine each a check. The purpose of the grant is to make façade improvements and new signage. The grants are given by DTMC, through the support of the community, during the fundraising efforts of the Holy Rosary School commemorative Christmas ornaments and the event of the DTMC Pig-n-Swig.
Long Brothers, LLC, owners of 111 South Main Street, which is currently a business location of Pat Enochs, used as a gathering point for religious/prayer groups, will use the grant to move into Phase II of the four Phase plan for the building. Phase I included a $16,000 roof replacement. Phase II includes brick/masonry, stucco repair and window repairs with the projected cost estimated at $5,800 for the front of the building, along with plans to paint the building. In the future Long Brothers, LLC plans to complete Phase 3 and 4 which includes brick, masonry, painting, window repair of the south and west sides of the building and rehabilitation of the second floor for residential living.
Leah Dodson, owner of 106 North Main Street, home to the future Maddie’s on Main intends to place an awning and replace windows. The building has recently had brick and masonry repair, along with painting the building which is calculated to have been a $5,000 exterior investment. The building has had extensive renovation to the interior of the building as well.
Matthew Perrine, owner of 100 North Main Street, which currently houses Apple Bee Tree, intends to replace three windows on the ground floor, with and estimated project cost of $2,000. Perrine has completed extensive interior renovations of the interior and to the adjoining buildings since purchasing the storefront block late last fall.
Perrine and Dodson are in partnership for the 100-108 Block of North Main with investments in the well-being of all the buildings, both interior and exterior. Prior to purchasing these buildings, the store fronts remained empty for a number of years.
DTMC is an affiliate of Main Street Missouri. Since the formation of the organization in 2017, DTMC was awarded one of the 10 “My Community Matter” USDA-Rural Community Development Initiative grants. This grant provides additional training and services to build a sustainable downtown organization to better serve the Main Street community in Monroe City.
Since the organizations formation, they have hosted four fundraising events, including: a street stroll in May 2018; kicked of the Christmas Season prior to the Christmas Parade December 2018; sold Holy Rosary Commemorative Christmas Ornaments; and hosted the DTMC Pig-n-Swig with pulled pork and pig races.