DANK Haus in Lincoln Square Pursues TIF Funding for Renovations

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center took the first steps on Tuesday toward securing $1.5 million in city funding for its accessibility goals. The nonprofit, which was founded in 1959, has been located at 4740 N Western Avenue in Lincoln Square since 1967. The building itself dates back to the 1920s and has had little updating since the original build. DANK Haus is hoping to utilize Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds to begin a $2.3 million renovation that would include the building’s bathrooms as well as its front entrance. According to executive director Monica Jirak, these renovations would be completed in order to meet American Disability Act standards, as well as to upgrade the building’s aging plumbing. The city’s approval of the initial proposal on Tuesday was the first step in the process to procure TIF funding.

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New Welcome Center Envisioned For DANK Haus In Lincoln Square

Initial details have been revealed for a new welcome center in the DANK Haus building at 4740 N Western Avenue in Lincoln Square. Located on the corner of W Lawrence and N Western Avenues, DANK, whose name is the German acronym for German American National Congress, has occupied the building since 1967. With the goal to preserve German-American culture and businesses in the neighborhood, fundraising for the expansion will continue through to the year’s end.

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