Q: I heard Markley's opening was being delayed because of the city's slow processing of a Revolving Loan Fund loan. The loan was approved last year, and apparently Markley's still doesn't have the money. What's the deal?
Jim on Erie Boulevard
A: Thanks for the question, Jim. It's true, the city commission approved the loan in November. And Jim Miller, one of Markley's co-owners, described getting the money as a longer-than-expected process. He didn't elaborate. Both he and Greg Sherman, who runs the city's Revolving Loan Fund, said the city began paying out the money last week.
The $60,000 loan will pay for half of the restaurant's kitchen and heating-cooling equipment. Markley's recently installed the HVAC system, smoke detectors and exhaust stands, which the loan partly reimbursed. As Markley's installs more equipment, the RLF will continue to reimburse the restaurant, Sherman said. Sherman also said until recently, the restaurant wasn't ready to install the equipment, which is why the transactions are just now occurring.
Miller said they'd like to open Markley's by the July 4 weekend. He estimated there's a 50-50 chance of that occurring.
Q: What's going on with Strub Road? It seems like it's been closed forever, and with Mall Boulevard closed it's hard to get around out there.
Leslie on Autumn Ridge Lane
A: Dear Leslie, I live near there, too. I feel your pain.
According to Matt Rogers at the Erie County engineer's office, the intersection will be completed June 11. They're widening the eastern portion of the Strub-Milan Road intersection to three lanes: A through lane, a right-turn-only lane and left-turn-only lane. The improvements are to accommodate the increased traffic created by Menard's and the upcoming movie theater. Even if the county misses the June 11 date, it won't be any later than mid-June when the project is completed.
Q: Jason, a little birdie told me Customs and Border Protection may build a fence around the Jackson Street pier. If this is true, this would be terrible. Can you find out any specifics? Thanks!
Alison on Thorpe Drive
A: Thanks for the question, Alison. At least two people sent me inquiries about this rumor. But earlier this week, I spoke with Bryan Bell, a supervisor from Customs and Border Protection's office of public affairs in Chicago, and he said he knows nothing about it. He spoke with CBP's port management division, and they didn't know anything either. Bell said if nobody he spoke with knew about the fence, the project doesn't exist.
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