Building owners Shannon Lyons & Cathy McBride last week received a $4,000 facade incentive from the     Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for the renovation of their double storefront.

Vickie Philllipson, DDA and Chamber of Commerce program director said, “The Lyons/McBride project is an outstanding example of the intention of the Facade   Incentive Program, which encourages property owners to go beyond pure maintenance and reach for the stars, as properties are returned to their glory days.”

The extensive renovation features a new upper brick   facade, ornamental cornice, windows and window           accents, and new lighting. The couple also fully

renovated the upper floor of the building into two       executive apartments.

When Dowagiac began the redevelopment of its downtown 29 years ago, it put in place several key programs to encourage property and business owners to restore their buildings in a consistent and esthetically appropriate manner to the existing architectural structure, while at the same time giving them the flexibility to make sure their businesses were configured in a way that best served their needs,” Mayor Don Lyons said.   Among those steps was the creation of the DDA’s Design Review Committee, whose job it was to review proposed projects.

While the renovation of building facades is more than just spring cleaning, thanks to Mayor and Council, the DDA continues to offer financial assistance to downtown building owners who renovate their front facades. Monies appropriated by Council from the City's         economic development budget fund the $10,000 annual Facade Incentive & Architectural Design Services Program.

Phillipson said downtown property owners are eligible for up to $2,000 per storefront in matching funds.   For twin or double storefronts, such as the Lyons/McBride building, the incentive is up to $4,000 in matching funds.     Applications are accepted throughout the year by contacting the DDA at 782.8212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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