A couple of years ago, the funds helped offset his costs for new signage and exterior paint work at Triad Martial Arts on
"People are really big on first impressions," Williford said. "If your building looks updated and nice, they can expect the service to be likewise, and we feel that it is. We've just had tons and tons of compliments on how nice the building looks."
City officials say they're hopeful more business owners in core city neighborhoods will put the grants to use in the same way Williford did.
Owners of properties that are used for retail purposes in
The grants are paid on a reimbursement basis for up to 50 percent of the total cost of a project after it's finished.
For example, Williford said he invested about
This is the third year for the program.
Council members said they considered the first two years of the program a success and wanted to encourage further investment in the core city by appropriating more money for grants.
The first year saw eight grant awards, totalling
The recipients invested a total of
Last year, the city granted eight more awards, but only seven recipients completed their projects, according to Core City Administrator
A total of
Fuscoe said she expects 10 to 12 awards to be granted this year.
"This program encourages people to reinvest in their properties where they otherwise might decide to not make any improvements," she said. "The physical improvements to a property make it more inviting, which increases the likelihood that you might want to stop in and shop or visit."
For more information about the facade grant program, go to www.high-point.net/cityproject/investing_here.html
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