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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
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?
Questions? For Questions contact the MS DDA: 231.398.3262