Campus Gear to get new facade

Campus Gear will get a new facade to go with its new location as part of an economic development grant recently approved by the city.

Members of the city’s Economic Development Committee and staff recommended approval of financial assistance not to exceed $11,300 to the business, which carries a large selection of Northwestern University merchandise and other team logo wear.

The funds are allocated on a 50/50 cost sharing basis.

Campus Gear recently moved from its longtime site at 1717 Sherman Ave., to a bigger space at 1720-22 Sherman Ave.

The city allocated $147,000 from its business district improvement fund under the 2014 budget, the money going to both facade improvement and a Great Merchant Grant program, supporting special initiatives in different business districts.

Campus Gear plans to use the funds toward installation of an awning and a granite stone facade in place of the existing brushed metal, officials said.

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