April 24, 2019
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Grantees announced for Downtown Waterville’s Façade and Building Improvement Grant Program

Community Author: Elaine Theriault-Currier
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WATERVILLE – Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) is proud to announce the successful grantees of its Façade and Building Improvement Grant Program (FBIGP) in downtown Waterville.

FBIGP was started by over $100 million in recent investment by private and public sector supporters as part of Waterville’s ongoing revitalization. The grant program encourages new and existing downtown property owners and businesses to invest in their commercial storefronts while restoring the original character of historic buildings and providing a catalyst for others to improve the visual appearance of their privately-owned buildings.

“The strength and quality of the applications we received was spectacular,” said Garvan D. Donegan, director of planning and economic development at Central Maine Growth Council and FBIGP advisory committee member. “Downtown businesses and property owners are extremely thoughtful in how their storefronts add to the character of downtown and contribute to a successful local economy, and their applications honor the architectural design roots and cultural significance of their buildings.”

The grant awards made through FBIGP will stimulate more than $325,000 in direct investment in downtown storefronts and facades during the 2019 calendar year. 23 applicants submitted proposals to the program, and eleven applications were successful.

Successful grantees of the 2019 FBIGP award include:

— 46 Main Street – Framemakers

— 48 Main Street – Enchanted Herbs & Tea

— 52 Main Street – Children’s Book Cellar

— 54 Main Street / 33 Concourse E – SBS Carbon Copy

— 72 Main Street – Holy Cannoli

— 80-88 Main Street – Day’s Jewelers

— 129 Main Street – Tap, LLC

— 137 Main Street – Amici’s Cucina

— 139 Main Street – Opa

— 177-179 Main Street – Black Cape Comics and Selah Tea Cafe

— 177 Main Street – Selah Tea Cafe

The grant program, funded by Colby College and the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation, provides a reimbursement of up to 50% of the total estimated project budget. Funds may be used for the restoration and renovation of commercial buildings located within Waterville’s downtown district, and eligible projects range from new awnings and signage to brick repointing and the removal of inappropriate, non-historical alterations to building exteriors.

“It’s incredibly exciting that, in the span of approximately seven months, downtown Waterville will be transformed by the visual impact of the awarded grants, which complement the transformation of public spaces, new building construction and influx of new businesses into the downtown,” said Chris Gaunce, member of the FBIGP advisory committee. “You’ll find yourself spending more time downtown because it’s inviting, attractive and unique.”

Central Maine Growth Council

CMGC is the leading public/private catalyst and resource for economic development in Central Maine. The growth council is dedicated to fostering a robust regional economy through successful collaborative partnerships among businesses, governments, academic institutions, health care facilities, arts and cultural agencies and residents primarily in the communities of Waterville, Winslow, Fairfield and Oakland. The benefit is a highly desirable place in which to enjoy an outstanding work-life balance.