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Next Target Area 2017-2018:  Check back for Launch Announcement

Facade Forgivable Loans:  West Beltline:  Bailey Street and Brookland Circle

Facade Forgivable Grants for Signage (Only):  Farrow Road:  Colonial Drive and West Beltline

 

Revised 8/16/2017
Two Notch Road Corridor (Phase I and Phase II)
Facade Improvement Program Projects, Investment, and Outcome




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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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Current Target Area
Two Notch Road Corridor Phase II:  2600 - 3415 blocks of Two Notch, between Covenant Rd. and Cushman Dr.

 

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 Two Notch Road between Covenant Road & Cushman Drive
* No improvements to Interior Allowed
* Forgivable Loan up to a maximum of $15,000 and $20,000/per project site
* 80%-City / 20%-Applicant Project Cost Split
* Any amount above City's $15,000 or $20,000 Max, reverts to Applicant
* Proper maintenance of the improvements will be monitored for a period of three (3) years
* Can be used in conjunction with a traditional Commercial Loan from Office of Business Opportunities
* This program may use federal funds and contractors may be required to follow all federal regulations
 

Facade Improvement Grant
* Property and/or Business Operators fronting Two Notch Road between Covenant Road & Cushman Drive
* No improvements to Interior Allowed
* Can do any combination of eligible improvement elements listed above, up to $2,000
* There is no commitment investment required from applicant
* Proper maintenance of the improvements will be monitored for a period of one (1) year
* Grant amounts are less than $2000; therefore, federal regulations will not apply. 


Two Notch Road Facade Improvement Program Brochure
FIP Forms and Guidelines
Columbia Facade Improvement Program Resolution R-2012-110

 

Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950

 
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