SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — For decades, the City of Sherman's facade grant program has provided matching funds for building improvements in the downtown district.

The city has approved a $50,000 grant for renovations to the Kreager Building at 221 West Houston Street, a former feed store.

It will help fund installation of a $243,000 elevator to provide access to the second floor of the 4,680 square foot building that's been a part of the Sherman scene since the turn of the 20th century.

"When we were going through our master planning process last year, one of the two biggest things that came out of that as far as what we heard from people in the community is that they really wanted the city to focus on downtown Sherman, and focus on making it a place that's really friendly," said city spokesperson Nate Strauch.

As part of the improvements, developers hope to add restaurants on the ground floor of the Kreager Building.