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City of Sandy Facade Improvement Program aids in local donut shop's renovations

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - The iconic red and white paint job of Joe's Donut Shop lives on. The city of Sandy's Facade Improvement Program recently helped retouch the paint and make other improvements to the long-time Sandy institution. Joe's Donut Shop has been an institution in Sandy for more than 40 years. You may have noticed that it recently got a much-needed facelift.

Not to worry though, the iconic red and white paint job lives on. The retouched paint and other improvements were made through the city of Sandy's Facade Improvement Program.

There is actually a clause in the program's policy that names Joe's and places like the Tollgate Inn as "iconic" buildings. Otherwise the city would not normally do a custom paint job through the facade program.

Since Oct. 13, Full Throttle Construction's workers had been hard at work repainting the exterior of the shop, replacing windows, filling holes and cracks in the cement walls and replacing climate units. They also plan to make some minor cosmetic changes to the sign and repaint the roof as weather allows. The owners had some minor electrical work done as well.

The city covered 55 percent of the total expense, $17,000, and the owners Dan and Sherry Vargas covered the remaining $31,000 so far.

There is a second phase to the project, to be completed by the city. As part of a public infrastructure project, city staff hope to improve the sidewalks outside of Joe's.

"It's something we'd like to do everywhere in downtown," city Economic Development Manager Dave Snider said. "We're just kind of piecing that together as we do different projects."

They also plan to add street furniture and planters to make the downtown area more attractive.

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