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Downtown Easton Façade Grant Applications Now Available
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Contributed By: Downtown Easton
Email The Author: Kim@eastonpartnership.org
Website: http://eastonmainstreet.org/facade

Easton, PA, Jan. 29, 2020 ?– The application period for façade grants for Downtown Easton property and business owners is open now through March 13, 2020. The goal of the façade grants is to encourage rehabilitation of buildings and improved signage in the downtown area.

For the last 15 years, Easton Main Street Initiative (EMSI), a program of the nonprofit Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP), has been able to offer these façade grants with the help of some dedicated community partners.

With Northampton County Council's continued support, EMSI? is able to use $25,000 from the Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP), and the Community Improvement Grant through the Department of Community and Economic Development of Northampton County (NCDCED), as well as funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the façade program. Funds raised through the annual Historic Easton House Tour (now in its 40th year) are also added to the program. The façade grants assist property and business owners in paying for specific façade improvements, sidewalk repairs, signage and design costs.

Eligible buildings must be located in the “Main Street Revitalization Target Area,” a 20-square block area which is designated from Route 22, south to Washington Street, and Larry Holmes Drive, west to Sixth Street. Any exterior improvements will be considered for the grant including paint, windows, repointing, doors, maintenance, façade repair, lighting, sidewalk repair and replacement, and signage.

“Easton is an important partner for Northampton County and the location for many of our county government services,” says Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure. “We’re happy to help fund this Easton Main Street Initiative façade program. Grants like this increase property values and improve economic vitality by attracting businesses and residents.”

This is a competitive process and applications will be evaluated by the volunteer EMSI Design Committee. The committee will take into consideration:
  • Location/visibility from main corridors
  • Aesthetic impact
  • Business impact
  • Historic impact
  • Significance of the grant to the success of the project
  • Use of building
  • Ownership
  • Project amount
  • Use of design professional
  • Overall proposal of the project
  • Applicant’s ability to carry out the project
All designs must fit the Easton Historic District Guidelines and adhere to recommendations of the Historic District Commission (HDC). A city building permit or zoning approval must be received, where needed, in order to receive funding.

The façade grant program offers a 50 percent match up to $5,000. Signage grants will be matched up to $1,500. Grants for sidewalk repair or replacement will offer a one third match of costs up to $3,000. Design professional fees are also eligible for grant funding as part of the total project.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, March 13, 2020, to be considered for consideration. The full guidelines and application, as well as a map of the target area, can be viewed at ?eastonmainstreet.org/facade?. Additional questions may be directed to Kim Kmetz, manager-Easton Main Street Initiative. She can be reached at kim@eastonpartnership.org? or 610-330-9940. Applications may be submitted at the Easton Public Market (EPM), 325 Northampton St. Drop boxes are located inside the market by the EPM Kitchen, or outside the market near the Bank Street exit door.

For more information on the Easton Main Street Initiative organization, visit us online at? EastonMainStreet.org?.

ABOUT: The Northampton County Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP) provides support especially to the county’s aging communities that lack access to resources to improve the quality of life for their citizens and creates opportunities to stimulate, attract and sustain economic development. CIPP funds are provided through the Northampton County local share assessment of gross table games revenue. CIPP is designed to assist the county in prioritizing and allocating resources for the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development (NCDCED).

ABOUT: Easton Main Street Initiative (EMSI) is a subsidiary of Greater Easton Development Partnership, a registered 501c3. EMSI’s mission is to promote, encourage and enhance the economic strength and vitality of Easton's central business district through volunteer and community driven efforts. ?GEDP is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization focused on nurturing Easton's economic well-being and cultural vibrancy. It encompasses Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton Main Street Initiative, Easton Public Market, Easton Ambassadors and PA Bacon Fest. For more information, contact Executive Director Jared Mast at 610-250-2078, or jared@eastonpartnership.org. Visit us online at? e?astonpartnership.org?.


Posted: January 31, 2020
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