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The board overseeing the Urban Revitalization Agency awarded nearly $20,000 in grants Tuesday for residential renovation projects in Uptown Butte, including two four-plexes.

The grants will pay for 25 percent of the projected costs of the repair and renovation work, with the cash given only when projects are completed.

The board awarded $10,460 to Kurt Doffinger, who is working on a four-plex at 630 S. Jackson St. in a corridor near St. James Healthcare. He is replacing windows, putting insulation in and doing deck and stair reconstruction.

He put a new roof on the building earlier and says he now wants to finish the project.

Bart Wackerbarth got $7,890 to complete foundation and brick repair on a house at 319 N. Montana St. that he said once belonged to the owner of Butte’s trolley system.

The project, with a total cost of $41,840, also entails repairs to front steps and a retaining wall.

“We do find a dire need to stabilize this property,” he told the board. He plans to use the house as a single-family rental.

The board steered $1,375 to Sarah Borduin, who wants to have gutter work done on a four-plex at 502 W. Park St. that experiences freezing and thawing issues in the winter.

Even after new gutters were installed, Borduin said, “they freeze into large glaciers,” don’t drain well and leave the sidewalks icy. The grant will pay one-fourth the costs for installing electrical heat tape on three sides of the four-plex.

Electrical heat tape, sometimes called heat cable, uses currents to prevent ice and snow from building up on roofs and clogging gutters with ice. The buildup can damage the building and create safety issues outdoors.

Bourdin said she got three bids for the work and is going with one for just three sides of the building, which should take care of the problem. Total cost of the work is $5,500.

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