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The Town of Christiansburg has created a new program aimed at helping property and business owners improve their building facades and encourage investment in our historic central business areas. The Façade Grant Program, the first of its kind in the Town of Christiansburg, is designed to improve the streetscape of Downtown and Cambria, strengthen partnerships with Downtown and Cambria stakeholders and encourage revitalization of older buildings.
The Town has budgeted $25,000 this fiscal year to award at least five matching grants of up to $4,500 each to qualifying and selected property or business owners. Between Jan. 15 and Feb. 5, 2019, eligible property or business owners can apply for the grant through an application found on the Town’s website at www.christiansburg.org/facadegrant. A committee - comprised of Town staff, a Town Council member and members of the community - will review the applications and select up to five properties that will receive the $4,500 matching grants.
Since this program is designed to be a matching grant, the Town is looking for property or business owners who are planning to make other substantial investments in their properties. The building should be occupied or in the process of being repaired or upgraded. Several types of projects can be done with the grant monies, including:
If approved, the property or business owner would work with a local artist selected by the Town to draft a design concept, and once the artist's rendering is approved by the committee, the property or business owner would perform or contract all building improvements within six months, or over an approved phasing schedule of nine months. Throughout the process, the property or business owner would be able to invoice the Town for work completed by providing relevant receipts, up to $4,500.
The Town is excited about the potential this program provides to our Downtown and Cambria areas and is holding three information sessions about the grant.
Town staff will be on site to provide additional information, answer questions and hand out hard copies of the application.
Depending on the success and demand after the program launches, the eligible areas may be expanded beyond Downtown and Cambria, into other parts of Christiansburg.