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October 19, 2007: First Commercial Façade project was completed

Façade improvements to Edinea Salon and Darby’s Florist were completed this month, marking the completion of the Commercial Façade program’s first project.

To spur revitalization of aging commercial properties, the City and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) have instated a new program by providing matching grant funds available to properties located on both sides of Sample Road, west of Coral Hills Drive and east of the canal adjacent to N.W. 99th Way. This area is a portion of the City’s Downtown Community Redevelopment Area. This program is to provide an incentive for owners to upgrade the appearance of their storefronts while following certain architectural guidelines.

The City will provide a matching grant of 50% up to $40,000 for façade improvements that will coordinate all the important features of the storefront into a more attractive image. Façade greater than 100 feet can receive an additional $10,000.

This program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Funding may be used for exterior work only that faces the public road right-of-way, including reconstruction/redesign of front façade areas, lighting, awnings, signage, and painting. Interior improvements and exterior improvements that do not face the public right-of-way are not eligible for funding.

This program was created to complement the remaining sections of the CRA and eventually bring this entire area into a pedestrian friendly downtown.

Property owners on Sample Road, between Coral Hills and 99th Avenue, are encouraged to apply for the program as soon as possible as funding is limited. For more information, please contact Community Development at 954-344-5910.

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