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Owner of William Street building seeks help from EDA

Denise Antinori plans an extensive renovation of the 19th-century building she recently purchased at 411-413 William Street. She is asking for $45,750 from the Fredericksburg EDA to help with the project.

The new owner of a green-and-white building at 411-413 William St. in downtown Fredericksburg is seeking financial assistance from the city’s Economic Development Authority in her efforts to transform the property.

Denise Antinori, who earlier this year bought the building that formerly housed Robert Weymouth’s upholstery business, plans to open a gourmet market and deli at the front and a German restaurant with an outdoor beer garden at the rear. There will be apartments on the top levels.

Antinori is asking the EDA for $45,750 toward the building’s renovation. According to her application the project will cost more than $1 million. She is trying to get the project completed by this coming summer. Click here for a story I did recently on her plans.

City residents Frans and Karen Vossenberg are also asking the EDA for $10,000 toward a planned renovation at their two-story property at 1216 Caroline St., which is across from the downtown library and was formerly home to Dot’s Beauty Shoppe. Click here for a story I did on their plans.

The EDA also received a request for about $2,600 toward repainting the floors at several downtown businesses including Cose Belle Boutique, Old Town Yarnery, Caroline Street Catering, Burgess Barber Shop and Hunan Garden.

The EDA will vote on the grants at its Nov. 12 meeting.

The EDA, which receives its funds from fees developers pay to issue tax-exempt bonds through the organization, has approved 74 grants totaling nearly $750,000 since July 2010. Of late the EDA’s budget has been cut after the University of Mary Washington Foundation refinanced the bonds it originally issued through the EDA for the Eagle Village project.

Click here for a list of grants the EDA has made since July 2010.

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