Downtown In the News

HDR, City Give $16K to Beautify Downtown

he sixth year of the Downtown Façade Enhancement Grants will benefit twelve businesses.  Thanks to a collaborative effort between the City of Harrisonburg’s Department of Economic Development and the Economic Development Committee of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, these façade enhancement projects will improve the appearance of downtown as well as the value of the businesses and buildings in the district.
“These grant awards encourage significant private investment and create a domino effect in property improvement downtown,” says Eddie Bumbaugh, Executive Director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.  Recipients of the 2009 Façade Enhancement Grants include:
Local Chop and Grill House – $1,500
AC Studio Suites – $2,500
Asbury United Methodist Church – $500
Wetsel Complex, LLC     – $5,000
Virginia Quilt Museum – $400
The Yellow Button – $500
OASIS Art Gallery – $750
On the Turtle’s Back, LLC – $750
Granny Longlegs – $500
Franklin’s Café – $1500
Cat’s Cradle – $200
Arts Council of the Valley – $2000

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Façade Enhancement Grants. Twelve businesses, organizations and property owners will receive awards totaling $16,000 for exterior paint, signs, awnings and other beautification projects. These façade enhancement projects will improve the appearance of downtown as well as the value of the businesses and buildings in the district.

Now in its sixth year, the Façade Enhancement Grants are made possible through a collaborative effort between the City of Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. As a member-supported non-profit organization, HDR is grateful to our donors for making this program possible. Past grant awards have been used to enhance or renovate the exterior of buildings containing businesses such as Clementine, You Made It!, Blue Nile Ethiopian Cuisine and Cally’s Restaurant & Brewing Co.

These grant awards encourage significant private investment and create a domino effect in property improvement downtown. As part of the application, businesses are asked to submit their plans and total project costs, and each grant dollar awarded is generally matched by $4 to $6 in private investments. This year, the $16,000 in grant awards are supporting projects worth $100,000 total.

Recipients of the 2009 Façade Enhancement Grants include:

Local Chop and Grill House – $1,500

AC Studio Suites – $2,500

Asbury United Methodist Church – $500

Wetsel Complex, LLC     – $5,000

Virginia Quilt Museum – $400

The Yellow Button – $500

OASIS Art Gallery – $750

On the Turtle’s Back, LLC – $750

Granny Longlegs – $500

Franklin’s Café – $1500

Cat’s Cradle – $200

Arts Council of the Valley – $2,000

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