Facade and Sign Improvement Program

In July of 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 $115,000 from the City's Community and Development Block Grant income to provide matching grants to business and property owners wish to renovate, enhance, and improve highly visible buildings along core corridors throughout the City. A subsequent $120,000 was added in 2012 and $60,000 was added in 2015.

  1. Program Overview
  2. Application Submission
  3. Public Meeting
  4. Agreement and Reimbursment

The program allows applicants to request up to:

  1. ​$10,000 for facade projects; and
  2. $1,000 for sign improvements.
Funding will be matched by 50 percent of total project cost up to the $10,000 and $1,000 maximum funding availability. For instance, a project requesting a $10,000 grant award(without tax) will require a minimum $20,000 total project cost.

Tax and permits are not available as award or match.

Applications are evaluated by staff and the Downtown Association for those projects located in the Central Business District based on:

  • Degree of visibility
  • Expected increase in property value
  • Consideration of neighborhood and historical context
  • Ability to proceed with the project
  • Additional noteworthy factors

PAST AWARDS.... 

Based on staff recommendation, the Planning Commission selects which projects receive funding.

To date, 27 facade and 9 sign improvement projects were selected, totaling $283,886 in awarded funding and representing over $648,142.04 in private investment.