In 2009 the City Council authorized a Facade and Signage Improvement Program aimed at addressing ongoing concerns with the physical appearance of the downtown and commercial areas.
The program was established using Community and Development Block Grant income to provide matching grants to business and property owners that wish to renovate, enhance, and improve highly visible buildings along core commercial corridors throughout the City.
The program allows applicants to request up to:
1. $10,000 for facade improvement; and/or
2. $1,000 for signage improvements.
Funding will be matched by 50 percent of total project cost up to the $10,000 and $1,000 maximumfunding availability. For instance, a project requesting a $10,000 grant award will require a minimum $20,000 total project cost. *Permit costs are not available for use as an award or match.
Unfortunately, funding for this program is limited and not all eligible proposals are guaranteed funding. Projects will be evaluated competitively by the Community and Economic Development staff based on the following criteria:
Project Eligibility is based on the following criteria:
* Eligible projects must be for improvements to facades or signs and will require all applicable building and/or sign permits. Applicants are not eligible for both a facade and a sign grant in the same application cycle.
* Improvements must conform to the City’s building and zoning codes (PAMC 14 & 17).
* Sign projects must conform to the City of Port Angeles’ Sign Ordinance (PAMC 14.36).
The first step in applying for the facade and sign improvement program is to have a plan for review. A pre-application meeting with Community and Economic Development Staff is recommended to find out whether or not a grant is eligible for the business’ location and to discuss specific plans for the facade and/or signage.
After a pre-application meeting, an application can be submitted with these other attachments:
SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION SHALL INCLUDE ALL SIX OF THESE REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS
Upon receiving a complete application, the Planning Division will produce a staff report, which, when finished,will then be placed on the on the next available Planning Commission agenda for review. After reviewing the application, staff report, and staff recommendations, the Planning Commission will approve or deny the grant proposal.
* For the Planning Commission to move for approval of a grant, the applicant or a representative must be present in the audience to make comment or answer any question Commissioners may have concerning the application and staff report.
* PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT APPROVAL by Planning Commission and the signing of a grant agreement does not constitute the issuance of a building permit or land use permit. Permitting should be sought following the approval of the Planning Commission.
Once the grant has been approved by the Planning Commission, the City of Port Angeles will draft and agreement for the payment of the grant amount approved by the Planning Commission. Drafting an agreement may take up to two weeks, so planning a project timeline to reflect this additional period of time is essential for
* Projects must be completed within six months of being awarded a grant. Failure to meet this timeline may result in nullification of the grant contract.