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Local businessman sees 'potential' in vacant building

Building will house Crescendo Hair after renovations

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Matt Appleman, owner of Crescendo Hair, plans buy and renovate this building at 105 Madison Ave. in downtown Dixon to house his salon and other businesses. "I definitely see the potential in it," said Appleman, who said revitalizing the building could help bring more businesses to the downtown's west edge.

DIXON – There could be a new business development on the western edge of downtown Dixon.

Matt Appleman, owner of Crescendo Hair, said he will purchase the building at 105 Madison Ave. next week, and start to renovate the building in the hope of having it operational in a few months.

The building is on the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and First Street. It includes three addresses, Appleman said, two on Madison Avenue and one on First Street.

The storefront on the corner will likely house his salon, in addition to a skin care and massage business and a manicure and pedicure business, Appleman said. He also said that he has some ideas for the other storefront space.

“The motivation [for buying the building] ... has been primarily to turn it into a viable building on that end of the business district,” he said. “I definitely see the potential in it.”

The building needs a new roof, windows and tuck pointing, Appleman said, but “the structure is sound.”

His said he wants the building to be viable but remain as “authentic a possible.” He’d like to be able to move into the building immediately, but there’s a lot of work to do, and it will take a few months, he said.

Appleman said the area around the building has a lot of potential, and could be a new growth area for Dixon’s downtown and business community.

“I would love to see something come down that way,” he said. “... Revitalizing that end will, I think, help bring some more business down there.”

Appleman said he will work with Lee County to get the property in an enterprise zone, which would eliminate sales taxes on building materials for renovations.

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