FALLS CITY – The Falls City City Council gave its consent Monday to assist in the renovation of a building damaged last January by a fire that destroyed the Potrillos Mexican Restaurant on Stone Street.
Paulo Bruxellas of Dawson plans to use a $20,000 tax increment financing grant to help restore a wall between the restaurant and the former Chaney Furniture store.
Bruxellas: “Our goal is to rebuild that wall and make that building safe and secure again.”
He said the new space could be used for events such as graduation receptions or weddings, but the most immediate goal is to save the building itself.
Bruxellas: “The main benefit is … the building is a historic building dating back to the 1890s. So, it’s a vital building for the downtown of Falls City. It’s quite an attractive and historic building.”
Chaney Furniture will be located across the street and city officials say they expect repairs to the former restaurant building to continue as well.
In other action, the city council approved Snyder & Associates to extend the downtown streetscapes to Stone Street from 17th to 16th Street.