Bradford City Council approved a $50,000 loan on Tuesday that completes the funding package he needed to buy the Main Street building from Sam Sylvester. Other money is coming from the McKean County Redevelopment Office and The North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission. Owner Sheikh Iqbal is also investing $40,000 of his own money.
Debbie Huston of the Office of Economic and Community Development says the outstanding job Sylvester did in renovating the building is what attracted him to The Option House.
In a news release, Huston added that Sylvester is pleased that Iqbal has decided to bring his highly popular restaurant to Bradford's Main Street as "he is a widely experienced restaurateur and caterer." She adds that over the past few months Sylvester and "Icky" -- as Iqbal likes to be called -- have developed a close personal and business relationship. She says Sylvester is impressed with Iqbal's enthusiasm to develop a business relationship that is successful for all concerned and is confident that Iqbal will find a warm and supportive welcoming from Bradfordians.
He plans to open Kabob’s at the Option soon.
Also Tuesday, council passed on final reading the 2014 budget, millage and wage ordinances.
Council awarded the bid for improvements to the Central Fire Station to Bob Cummins Construction. The $26,860 bid was the lowest of two received for the project.
Council also voted to recommend Bob Douglas and Ruth Kelly for appointment to the McKean County Housing Authority, and appointed Mayor Tom Riel and Councilman Brad Mangel as voting delegates to the Tuna Valley Council of Governments for 2014.
Also Tuesday, Mayor Tom Riel thanked Councilman Jim Evans for his four years of service to the city. Evans did not seek re-election. Tim Pecora will replace Evans on council next month.