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Downtown Manistee
Facade Grant

The Manistee Main Street Downtown Development Authority administers a local facade grant program intended to facilitate positive aesthetic and preservation exterior facade improvements within the downtown district.  The programs allows businesses to apply for a grant up to 50% of the total project cost.   See below for program details - DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE 

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MAY 5 EVERY YEAR


LOCAL FACADE GRANT PROGRAM DETAILS

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:  Design changes that take place at commercial properties are a critical part of any successful revitalization strategy.  Customers want to shop in an attractive and inviting environment, not in one that is poorly designed or maintained.  Property owners want to generate adequate rents from their commercial properties while lessees want to have pride in their place of business.  Manistee Main Street DDA wishes to maintain and improve quality of life for its citizens by fostering economically viable commercial districts.  In order to reach this goal Manistee Main Street DDA has established a Façade Improvement Program.  The program will be administered by the Design Committee of Manistee Main Street DDA and will offer technical and financial assistance to commercial property owners seeking to renovate or restore the exterior of their buildings.  For this round of funding the grant will be allocated to building rehabilitation/renovation projects in the form of a 50/50 matching grant to business and property owners.


APPLICANT CRITERIA: 
Applicants must be property owners, or be tenants with written permission from property owner
Commercial properties must be up to date on all property and income taxes.
Property must be in the Downtown Area
Tenants must have minimum of two years remaining on their lease or an option to renew


ELIGIBLE IMPROVEMENTS: 
Removal of materials which cover original architectural details
Repair and/or replacement of original architectural details
Replacement of original architectural details
Window repair or replacement including window framing (must match original in size, style and scale)
Repainting and repair of facade
Exterior lighting
Gutters and downspouts
Other improvements can be made if they meet the objectives of the program and have prior written approval of Manistee Main Street DDA


INELIGIBLE IMPROVEMENTS: 
IMPROVEMENTS MADE PRIOR TO GRANT APPROVAL
Interior improvements
Removal of architecturally important features
New construction and additions
Sweat equity (payments for applicant’s own labor)
Planting or landscaping
Residential properties, excluding mixed use developments


HOW ARE PROJECT EVALUATED FOR FUNDING?
Applications will be ranked and selected based on a clear and documented set of evaluative criteria. Depending on the number of applications, we may assign “waiting list” status to projects that qualify for selection, but do not rank as high as other applications selected for funding.

The evaluative criteria and their respective weights are as follows:

Impact (40%): – Overall impact of the project on the Downtown Development Authority District. Are inappropriate design elements removed? Will the project eliminate what was previously a liability for the commercial district? Does the project seek to restore the historical or architectural significance of the building? Does the project fall into a priority-funding category?  Is the project in a highly visible location that has significant impact on surrounding properties?
Financial Leverage (10%): –Projects that leverage more private investment will be graded higher than those seeking just the grant funding.
Sustainability/Permanence (30%): – How permanent are the improvements (signs are more changeable than new glazing, for example) and is there a maintenance plan for improvements? Does the business own the building? If not, how much time remains on the lease?
Community Contribution (20%): – Is the applicant a good neighbor? Is the area around the business kept clean and free of debris on a consistent basis? Does the business participate in organized Manistee Main Street DDA promotions or other community based activities? Does the applicant actively promote downtown Manistee and their own business?

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Questions?  For Questions contact the MS DDA: 231.398.3262