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.