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Facade grant funding available for business owners

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Facade grants were used for improvements to the Penn Building in Easton. (Contributed)
Facade grants were used for improvements to the Penn Building in Easton. (Contributed)

Business and property owners looking to spruce up their facades can get help from state funds awarded to an Easton organization.

The Easton Main Street Initiative said it received the façade grant funds from the state’s Keystone Communities Program, through the state’s Department of Community & Economic Development, to help property and business owners pay for improvements, signage and design costs.

“The funds are for any property owner or business owner in the downtown district,” said Amy Boccadoro, assistant manager and marketing director for the Easton Main Street Initiative. “If they want to spruce up their storefront, they can do that. Any front-facing façade work can be applicable.”

As a designated Main Street program, Easton Main Street Initiative must use the funds for business and property owners whose property is in the city’s Main Street Revitalization Target Area, which is from Route 22 south to Washington Street and Larry Holmes Drive west to Sixth Street.

The organization said the grant program is a 50 percent match of project costs.

There will be several projects awarded, she said. Mid-block properties have the ability to receive up to $5,000 in matching funds, corner properties can receive up to $10,000 and signage projects can receive up to $1,500.

“We will fund as many projects as possible until the dollars are spent,” Boccadoro said.

Design professional fees are also eligible for grant funding as part of the total project.

Any exterior improvements, including paint, windows, lighting and restoration, can be considered for the grant.

The organization’s design committee will review the applications and consider a range of criteria, including the use of the building, historic impact and the applicant’s ability to complete the project.

“The last time we got the grant dollars was in 2015,” Boccadoro said.

The organization is accepting façade grant applications until July 15. The full guidelines and application are posted at www.eastonmainstreet.org/facade.

The organization will announce grantees in early August.

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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