Bangor businesses can use federal funding to fix facades

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 11:28 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 30, 2011, at 8:33 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor businesses have until Oct. 15 to secure matching federal funds up to $15,000 to renovate their exteriors, thanks to the creation of a facade improvement program by the city.

This program offers federal Community Development Black Grant funding for the purpose of renovating, improving or replacing commercial storefronts, signage and awnings. Eligible projects include painting, window and door repairs or replacements, signage, awnings, and other exterior work.

Applications are being accepted for grants of up to 50 percent of total project costs, up to $15,000, with a 1-to-one ratio match by the applicant. Property owners within the Bangor Center Revitalization Area are eligible to apply.

Bangor Mayor Susan Hawes said the program should be of great benefit to Bangor business owners, patrons and the community in general, noting that many property owners are not able to invest in their building exteriors because of trying economic times.

“These grants will leverage public funds with private dollars and result in significant upgrades to building facades and restoration of Bangor’s historic character,” Hawes said in a release.

Applications will be reviewed over a two-week period and decisions will be announced in November. Applications receiving the highest overall scores will be awarded funding until the grant fund is exhausted.

Application information and guidelines can be found online at www.bangormaine.gov. Further inquiries can be directed to Shirar Patterson in Bangor’s Community and Economic Development office by calling 992-4234 or emailing shirar.patterson@bangormaine.gov.

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