EDA Expands Façade Improvement Grant Program
Earlier this month, the Columbia Heights Economic Development Authority (EDA) expanded its Façade Improvement Grant Program to include eligible locations all along Central Ave in Columbia Heights. Applications can be found here and will be open and accepted throughout the year until the annual allocation of funding is exhausted.
Eligible locations for the program are:
Applicants must be an owner of a commercial property, a commercial tenant with approval from the property owner(s), or a 501(c)(3) organization in the City of Columbia Heights, located along 37th Avenue NE, 37th Place NE, 40th Avenue NE, University Avenue NE, or Central Avenue NE.
The purpose of the grant program, funded by the Economic Development Authority in collaboration with the Police and Community Development departments, is to encourage businesses and commercial property owners within the City’s central business district to revitalize, rehabilitate, and restore exterior storefronts. To reduce crime along Central Ave and enhance safety, CHPD will also use the grant program to provide monitored surveillance adjacent to the businesses.
The grant program reimburses commercial property owners for eligible improvements up to 50 percent of the total project cost for a maximum reimbursement of $5,000. If determined by the Police Department that an exterior surveillance system is warranted, the EDA will install surveillance equipment to monitor participating businesses and properties, as well as parks and open spaces.
The program is part of a larger and ongoing mission to revitalize businesses within the city and to encourage a vibrant and safe community.