Downtown property owners contemplating facade renovations of their buildings can receive an added boost this construction season from the Downtown Development Authority. Building owners are encouraged to apply for a Facade Incentive Grant offered by the City of Dowagiac's Downtown Development Authority commission.
Administered on a matching-funds basis, building owners are eligible to receive an incentive of up to $4,000 per storefront. Twin or double storefronts are eligible to receive up to $8,000 in matching funds.
Program guidelines state historic turn-of-the-century buildings must represent a historic renovation, including the removal of all non-conforming materials. Non-historic buildings should be tastefully restored. Project renovation must include the full facade.
Upon receipt of an application, the DDA will meet with the Applicant to review their plans and determine whether the project qualifies for the facade program based upon the detailed description of the planned work and cost estimates submitted by the Applicant.
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The facade program, which was initiated by the DDA during the late-1980s, is credited with having led to the removal of much of the old Kawneer metal storefronts and awnings. Continued investment in the central business district embues new life into these properties, benefitting all of town.