Awards for businesses façade improvements to help spur vitality, investment
Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis City Council have approved $475,000 in support of faade improvement grants through the Neighborhood Business District Program. Neighborhood organizations, business associations, and community development corporations will administer the façade improvement programs. The types of improvements funded through the program range from small adjustments—paint, signage, awnings, and murals—to full-scale rehabilitation and building stabilization such as tuckpointing, and window and door replacement.
Organizations administering Great Streets Faade Improvement Programs are responsible for spearheading the marketing effort, energizing local merchants and property owners, staffing a location where businesses can go for assistance, keeping records, and managing funds. Monies are matched by the business, the property owner, or other sources from the local grantee organizations. The City has also published a design guidebook to assist businesses with façade improvements.
Recipients of the funding include:
- Bancroft Neighborhood Association: $50,000 for façade improvement in the areas of 38th St. and 4th Ave.; 38th St. and Chicago Ave.; 38th St. and Bloomington, and 42nd St. and Bloomington.
- East Downtown Council: $50,000 for façade improvement in the areas of Chicago Ave. (between 8th St. and Franklin); Chicago Ave. (between 8th St. and 2nd St.); Washington Ave.; Mill District.
- Lake Street Council: $50,000 for façade improvement in the areas of East Lake St., Midtown; West Lake St.; Lagoon, Excelsior; Chicago Ave. and Lake St., Nicollet and Lake St.; Lyn-Lake.
- Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association: $50,000 for façade improvement in the areas of 38th St. and Nicollet; 36th St. and Bryant Ave., 46th St. and Bryant Ave.; 36th St. and Lyndale Ave.; 40th St. and Lyndale; 38th St. and Grand Ave.; 43rd St. and Nicollet; 46th St. and Nicollet; 48th St. and Nicollet.
- Northside Arts Collective: $50,000 for façade improvement along West Broadway.
- Seward Redesign in partnership with Seward Neighborhood Group and Seward Civic and Commercial Association: $25,000 for façade improvement along Franklin Avenue and at the Franklin Avenue LRT Station Area.
- Seward Redesign in partnership with Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association and West of the Rail Business Association: $50,000 for façade improvement in the areas of 38th St and 46th St. LRT stations; 38th St. and 23rd Ave.; 38th St. and 28th Ave.; 38th St. and Cedar Ave; 42nd St. and Bloomington; 42nd St. and 28th Ave.; 42nd St. and Cedar.
- Seward Redesign in partnership with Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association: $50,000 for façade improvement along University Ave.
- West Bank Business Association: $50,000 for façade improvement in the areas of Cedar; Cedar-Riverside LRT Station Area.
- West Broadway Business and Area Coalition: $50,000 for façade improvement along West Broadway.
The Minneapolis City Council established the Great Streets Neighborhood Business District Program in 2007 with the goal of supporting commercial districts and economic activity throughout the city of Minneapolis. The City has granted funds for use in 39 neighborhood business districts.
Published Feb. 22, 2010