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:

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