The 2019 Application Window for the Facade Improvement Grant Program Is Now Open, Businesses Have Until May 31 to Apply
• Applications will be accepted between Fri, March 1, and Fri, May 31, 2019.
• Eligible Applicants now include commercial properties located along Central Avenue NE between 37th and 47th Avenue NE, or along 39th or 40th Ave NE. This was expanded from the 2018 application.
The purpose of the grant program, funded by the Economic Development Authority in collaboration with the Police and Community Development departments, is to encourage businesses and commercial property owners within the City’s central business district to revitalize, rehabilitate, and restore exterior store fronts. In an effort to reduce crime along Central Ave and enhance safety, the CHPD will also use the grant program to provide monitored surveillance adjacent to the businesses.
The grant program reimburses commercial property owners for eligible improvements up to 50 percent of the total project cost for a maximum reimbursement of $5,000. If determined by the Police Department that an exterior surveillance system is warranted, the EDA will install surveillance equipment to monitor participating businesses and properties, as well as parks and open spaces.
The program is part of a larger and ongoing mission to revitalize Central Ave and the City’s overall business community to encourage a vibrant restaurant, cafe and bar community.