DeKALB - Downtown properties could be getting a face-lift as revitalization plans start coming to fruition. The city council considered on Monday allowing ReNew DeKalb, a group of residents and business owners working to renovate the downtown area, to use tax-increment financing, or TIF, funds to make a major update to the facade of the McCabe's building at 317, 323 and 333 E. Lincoln Highway. Given the history of the three properties, all could be added to the National Register of Historic Places, alongside other DeKalb buildings such as the DeKalb Public Library and the Egyptian Theatre, according to ReNew DeKalb Executive Director Jennifer Groce. Work proposed for the McCabe's building involves replacing shingles and mending the roof, installing wall panels, extensive brick repair, restoring windows and installing a new awning. “I would vote for anything to get rid of that crummy yellow sign,” 4th Ward Alderwoman Donna Gorski said, referring to the fading McCabe's sign overlooking Lincoln Highway. ReNew DeKalb and Bob Goering, owner of McCabe's and Andy's Tap, put together a plan for the building's exterior that would cost him and the city $32,000 each in accordance with the city's architectural improvement plan. That plan allows a dollar-to-dollar match up to $50,000 for special projects of historical significance. Goering plans to open the building as a nightclub in the fall. Fifth Ward Alderman Ron Naylor asked whether it would be worth it for the city to put in the money. City Manager Mark Biernacki pointed out that Goering has put a great deal of work into improving the inside of the properties, which are now up to code for electrical and plumbing systems. “One thing to consider is Goering has made the inside livable to do business,” Biernacki said. “He will proceed to work on his business whether we do or not.” Mayor Frank Van Buer expressed interest in having the properties, which take up about half a block, entered in the historic registry. “If we go ahead with this, it sets a focal point from where we are going with the revitalization,” Van Buer said. Groce said a majority of the building remains historically intact and that Goering's commitment to pay for half the work is the highest level of investment from a property owner within the community. Minor work also was proposed for the outside of the Nehring Center for Culture and Tourism, 111 S. Second St. The building, constructed in 1891, has gone through an extensive restoration, including the addition of a handicapped-accessible entrance on Second Street. Work proposed under a standard architectural improvement plan included adding an awning over the new entrance to make it more visible and to protect patrons from the weather. The work would cost the city $917. The council will review both plans on June 25. Benji Feldheim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.