Commercial Retention & Redevelopment Program 2017-2018:

Combination of a Matching-Forgivable Loan Facade Project (Exterior Improvements) & Forgivable Commercial Loan Project (Interior Improvements)

Commercial Retention & Redevelopment Program (CRR)
Facade & Commercial Forgivable Loan Target Areas:  West Beltline:  Bailey Street to Brookland Circle
                                                                                                     Farrow Road:  Colonial Drive to West Beltline

Renovations are now COMPLETE at the following locations:

KBEL Properties, 3035 Farrow Road
Cathy's Hair Styling Salon, 3116 Farrow Road
Wells ETAL, 3118 Farrow Road

Outing's Barber Shop, 3705 West Beltline Blvd.
Coaplen Trust, 3830 West Betline Blvd.

Congratulations to these most recent awardees!

We anticipate having information on the next target area Winter 2018.  Please check back!

♦  CRR Brochure
♦  Step-by-Step Guidelines
♦  Application Package Checklist
♦  Application

Facade Improvement Program Overview
The City of Columbia's Facade Improvement Program aims to improve the appearance of commercial corridors throughout the city that are significantly deteriorated.  Through this forgivable loan and grant program, commercial property owners and/or business tenants are able to make improvements to the front and other exterior portions of commercial buildings that can be seen from the public right-of-way.
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Eligible Improvements:
Windows                          Masonry Repair
Doors                               Carpentry Repair                          
Paint                                Awnings
Lighting                            Tree Planting
Signage                           Security Camera System Installation
Fencing                            Iron Bar Removal & Disposal from Windows and Doors
Facade Improvement Loan (Forgivable)
* Property and/or Business Operators fronting the commercial corridor in the target area
* For improvements to the exterior of the building and premise ONLY
* Matching-Forgivable Loan minimum/maximum is $5,000 - $20,000/per project site, depending on available program budget
* 80%-City / 20%-Applicant Project Cost Split
* Any cost above the City's maximum allowable per site, reverts to Applicant
* Proper maintenance of the improvements will be monitored for a period of two (2) years
* If not maintained as installed during the monitoring period, participant will be considered in Default and funds re-paid (pro-rated)
* This program may use federal funds and contractors would be required to follow all federal regulations

Columbia Facade Improvement Program Resolution R-2012-110

Previous Facade Improvement Program Target Area Summary Reports
Business Improvement District (BID)
Main/North Main Corridor
Two Notch Road Phases I & II


Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950