There is no denying it; first impressions really do count! What your customers and—more importantly—what your potential customers see when they look at your business from the street can make or break your relationship with them. But, with the expenses associated with growing any type of enterprise in today’s marketplace, who can afford to worry about what the outside of a business looks like? With the help available from the Lawton Downtown Development Authority (DDA), you can.
The Lawton DDA is excited to introduce their new Façade Improvement Program to assist businesses and property owners in Lawton’s Downtown. The purpose of the façade improvement program is to encourage improvements to commercial facades visible from the public right of way. The program funding is intended to provide financial incentives for quality façade development.
The Façade Improvement Program is a 50/50 matching program. The program will offer grant assistance up to $1,000 to building owners/tenants for the purpose of having specified building improvements. For example, if an owner has a $1,000 project, the DDA will fund up to $500 for the project. If an owner has a $2,000 project, the DDA will fund up to $1,000. Eligible Façade Improvements include:
- Painting, stucco or other exterior enhancement
- Facade detail and trim restoration or replacement
- Brick, stone, and wood façade restoration or replacement
- Restoration or replacement of window and door framesets
- Addition or replacement of awnings and canopies
- Removal of old signage and installation of new conforming signage
Attached to this post is the Downtown Façade Improvement Program guidelines and the Application. After review, if you have more questions, please give Village Hall a call at 269.624.6407. The 2021 Downtown Façade Improvement Applications are due June 1, 2021. More information can also be found at www.LawtonMI.gov.