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Some Evansville business owners could get $50,000 to improve their property

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Some Evansville business owners have a chance to get some help footing the bill for building improvements.

The City is accepting applications for its new Commercial Façade Grant Program.

It gives eligible property owners up to $50,000 to improve the exterior of commercial or mixed use buildings in certain areas of the city.

That could include things like landscaping, getting permanent signage and other outside work. 

"This is a exciting opportunity to bring some new life and some new investment onto Main Street, potentially some Eastern portions of Franklin Street, some parts of First Avenue, some parts of Riverside Drive coming in from the southeast," said Philip Hooper, Exec. Dir., Dept. of Metropolitan Development. "There's quite a lot of avenues here where there's some commercial storefronts that could be improved by this program."

Building owners need to have the money to make façade improvements up front.

The grant program would work on a reimbursement basis.

Applications for the first round of funding are being accepted through April 15. 

For more information about the Commercial Façade Grant Program click here.

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