Facade Improvement Program
storefront can be exciting and challenging. An inviting
storefront attracts customers and enhances the downtown.
Renovating a storefront takes time, focus and money, but
the final product of a good renovation will be well
The facade improvement program enables
building or business owners to renovate their
storefronts and receive reimbursement up to $20,000 per
Grants for facade renovations are
also available for smaller projects such as
signs, awnings, painting, etc.
downtowns include: Aliquippa, Ambridge, Beaver, Beaver
Falls, Bridgewater, Freedom, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton, and
- Receive up to
$20,000 per address for an approximate expenditure of
$32,000. The building must be located in the area
designated for the facade improvement program.
Facade must be substantially improved first then other
exterior improvements and interior work on code
violations may be eligible.
- The Facade program
Improvement Program grant is a reimbursement grant. The
applicant must first pay for the work and show proof of
payment before the reimbursement is given.
- The whole
process could take one year or more to complete.
- All approved reimbursement grants are subject to availability
- All projects must adhere to FIP program
and design guidelines in addition to the Secretary of
the Interior Standards.
- All projects must conform to HUD
requirements including prevailing wage, equal employment
opportunity and other regulations.
storefronts must be occupied within 60 days.
five-year mortgage, reduced by 20% each year, is placed on
the building for the amount of the grant.
FACADE IMPROVEMENT PROCESS
Follow these steps for
a successful facade improvement project:
- Contact The Community
Development Program at (724) 847-3889 for a
pre-application packet, which also contains the program
and design guidelines as well as other helpful information.
- Submit your pre-application to your
local revitalization organization for approval. The name
and address of the contact person is on the cover letter
that comes with your pre-application packet. If you do
not own the building, the building owner must agree to
the work and five-year 0% interest mortgage on the building.
- Do not
do any work on your facade prior to receiving notice to
proceed in writing from the Community Development
STEP 2: FINAL DESIGN AND HISTORIC
- If you do not have a final design
approved by the Local Revitalization Organization, you
must decide on the final design. All projects must
adhere to the FIP Design Guidelines and Secretary of
Interior Standards for Rehabilitation provided with your
- Because the reimbursement grant is
federally funded through U.S. Department of Housing &
Urban Development, State Historic Review is required if
the building is over 50 years old. This process may take
2 months or more.
STEP 3: BIDS
- Pre-bid meeting. The project manager will review the
program requirements with you. You must obtain at least
two bids at prevailing wage rate for the project. Each
bid must be accompanied by a signed, notarized
- The agreement is signed by
you and the County Commissioners and is passed by
resolution at their regular public meeting.
CONSTRUCTION AND DOCUMENTATION
- After the
contract is signed, you will receive written notice to
proceed. Work can be started at this time. Most projects
must be completed within 90 days. If the work done does
not comply with the scope of work in the agreement, the
reimbursement will not be granted. The applicant must insure
that all necessary documentation is submitted to the
Community Development Program.
- Periodic and final
inspection of the work is done.
STEP 5: REIMBURSEMENT AND MORTGAGE
- The reimbursement is processed. All
necessary documentation must be submitted before the
reimbursement is processed.
- A mortgage in the amount
of the reimbursement is filed against the property.
This mortgage is 0% interest rate and is reduced 20%
each year for five years until reduced to 0.
- After five years, the
may be satisfied. Call the Community Development Program
To find out if your storefront
is eligible for a facade renovation grant contact:
The Community Development Program of Beaver County
1013 Eighth Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
The Board of Beaver County
Tony Amadio, Chairman
Dennis E. Nichols