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Paul Levelius, owner of Ashland’s Second Street Bistro, plans to install a new façade on the front of the building and create an outdoor dining area with grant money awarded by the city.

The owners of Omer Nelson Electric have wanted for years to fix the leaking roof at their Main Street East store, vice president Sarah Nelson said. But the estimated cost of nearly $30,000 made it difficult to seriously consider the work.

“It’s not easy for a small business to come up with the funds for a major project,” she said. “And unfortunately our flat roof is a major project. It’s a matter of protecting the building; it’s a matter of protecting the people inside the building and being able to run and grow our business.”

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Omer Nelson Electric vice presidents Sarah Nelson, left and Elizabeth Macky, intend to put a new roof on their 1940s-era building using grant money supplied by the city.

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Bay City Cycles at 412 Main St. W. will get a new façade, as shown in this graphic, and shore up the building’s rear wall if its grant is approved.

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Alex (left) and Carl Faber, co-owners of Bay City Cycles, were considering a mortgage to repair their building’s failing rear wall before the grant money became available.

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