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December 19, 2018

Waterville downtown commercial buildings are eligible for facade grants

Photo / Maureen Milliken
Photo / Maureen Milliken
Downtown Waterville commercial building owners can apply for facade grants under a recently established program.

WATERVILLE — A facade and building improvement grant program has been launched in Waterville, the Central Maine Growth Council announced.

Some $60,000 is available for the grants, which will assist in restoration, renovation, redevelopment and repair of commercial buildings downtown and aims to encourage new and existing property owners and businesses to invest in their commercial storefronts, awnings,and signs, while restoring the original character of historic buildings and providing a catalyst for others to improve the visual appearance of their privately owned buildings, the council said in a news release. The program is supported by Colby College and the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation and will be made available to applicants on a competitive selection basis. Projects are expected to begin in the spring.

Building fašade improvements can include, but are not limited to lighting, signs, awnings, door restoration, windows, storefront or facade rehabilitation, painting and accessibility improvements. It's restricted to commercial properties along Front Street, Main Street, Temple Street, Appleton Street, the Concourse and the northern end of Water Street.

"This Fašade and Building Improvement Grant Program will help our local downtown businesses and retailers in a very tangible way and help propel new businesses to enter the district," said Garvan D. Donegan, director of planning & economic development at Central Maine Growth Council. "The improvements funded through this program will make existing businesses increasingly inviting places to shop, work, and recreate, while revitalizing streetscapes and commercial corridors in the downtown."

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