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O’Malley Arms approved for facade grant; restoration nears completion


In a special meeting Monday, the Henrietta Growth Corporation Board of Directors approved a façade grant for O’Malley Arms, located at 121 W. Gilbert St.

Justin O’Malley, who will open a gun shop at the location later this year, is nearing completion of an extensive renovation of the building. O’Malley plans to have a new mural painted on the side of the building facing South Main Street, as well as signage. New lighting will illuminate the building.

O’Malley expects to spend $5,182 on the project, including $1,825 for paint and materials, $3,027 for lighting and $330 for equipment.

The HGC Façade Grant is designed as a 50-50-match grant for up to $2,500, the amount that O’Malley applied for and received.

O’Malley has returned what was once Wacker’s five-and-dime store almost to its original appearance, including the large arch windows along the front of the building. He has framed the inside of the building and is now completing drywall and electrical work.

Included in the overhaul was a complete restoration of the original pressed tin ceiling, found intact behind a drop ceiling, and replacement of deteriorated brickwork.


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