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Commercial property owners and businesses located along Princess Anne Street, from Fauquier Street to Jefferson Davis Highway and along Lafayette Boulevard from Princess Anne Street to the Blue and Gray Parkway are eligible.
Commercial building owners and businesses in the targeted areas.
Painting, replacement of missing historic elements, modification or removal of inappropriate alterations, repairs and restoration of windows, cornices, trim, etc., awnings, shutters and signs, site improvements (landscaping, paving, site access, lighting, signs). Painting only projects are not eligible.
After meeting with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, submit an application by March 1, June 1, September 1 or December 1. The Economic Development Authority's decisions are made within 45 days.
The grants are not to exceed 50% of the project cost, up to a maximum $10,000 grant. Grant funds are paid upon project completion.
Guidelines for improvements are contained in the Site and Façade Assessment Reports, prepared by Frazier Associates:
Grants are approved by the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Authority (EDA). The EDA considers the following criteria in each round of applications: adherence to application and design guidelines, economic development value, other potential positive impact, visual prominence of the façade, degree of deteriorating conditions and comprehensiveness of the project.
Grants are available for half the cost of professional design services, up to a maximum grant of $500. The application dates are the same as above. Grant recipients are to apply for an improvement matching grant in the next cycle or reimburse the Economic Development Authority grant.
Work must start with 120 days of grant approval and be completed within six months, unless the Economic Development Authority sets a shorter or longer deadline in its approval.
Most site and façade improvement projects require Planning Commission approval. For questions, please contact the Community Planning and Building Department at 540-372-1179. Copies of any required building and sign permits must be provided to the Economic Development Authority.
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) grants do not come from city tax dollars, but rather from fees collected on bonds issued by the EDA.