In order to encourage rehabilitation of building façades and improve signage in the downtown business district, the Easton Main Street Initiative (EMSI) program announces the open application period for façade grant monies. EMSI has been awarded funds from the Keystone Communities Program, through the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development to assist property and business owners in paying for improvements, signage, and design costs.
Eligible buildings must be located in the “Main Street Revitalization Target Area,” a 20 square block area which is designated from Rt. 22 south to Washington Street and Larry Holmes Drive west to 6th Street. Any exterior improvements will be considered for the grant including paint, windows, repointing, doors, maintenance, façade repair, lighting, and signage.
The grant program is a fifty percent match of project costs up to $5,000 for mid-block properties and up to $10,000 for corner properties. Signage grants will be matched up to $1,500. Design professional fees are also eligible for grant funding as part of the total project.
This is a competitive process and applications will be reviewed by the EMSI Design Committee and evaluated on a point system scale. Applications will be evaluated taking into consideration the following criteria:
• Location /visibility from main corridors
• Aesthetic impact
• Business impact
• Historic impact
• Significance of the Grant to the success of the project
• Use of building
• Project amount
• Use of design professional
• Overall proposal of the project
• Applicant’s ability to carry out the project
All designs must be in keeping with the Easton Historic District Guidelines and recommendations of the Historic District Commission (HDC). Additionally, City building permit or zoning approval must be received, where needed, in order to be eligible for funding.
All applications must be submitted by Saturday, July 15th, 2017, for consideration. The full guidelines and application can be viewed at www.eastonmainstreet.org/facade. Additional questions may be directed to Kim Kmetz, Main Street Manager, at (610) 330-9940 or [email protected].