I was honored to be in Waynedale recently to announce that 13 local businesses will receive 2014 Commercial Façade Grants. This year’s awardees will receive $303,859 in City funding and have pledged to contribute just over $1.1 million in private investment to make improvements on their properties.

Our Commercial Façade Grant program helps local businesses invest in our community and provide a welcoming atmosphere for their customers. This program ensures that our commercial corridors remain vibrant so that you have convenient access to goods and services you need.

Our event was held at Coe Heating & Air Conditioning, 3300 Lower Huntington Road. Coe will update the façade of its building by using modern and innovative siding material, creating new window openings, replacing old windows, providing an eye-catching customer entrance, installing new signage and more.

In addition to the Coe Heating & Air Conditioning project, the other 2014 façade grant recipients are as follows below.

A special congratulations as The Waynedale News building is a grant recipient this year.

*The 1925 S. Calhoun
1925 & 1927 S. Calhoun St.
*The 2228 S. Calhoun
2228 S. Calhoun St.
*Anthony Wayne Village
Shopping Center
4301-4355 S. Anthony Blvd.
520 Tennessee Building
520 Tennessee Ave.
*Broadway Joe’s
2514 Broadway
*Colony Shops of
6415-6441 Bluffton Road
*Curly’s Village Inn
4205 Bluffton Rd.
*”New to You” Building
1542 Sherman Blvd.
*Rialto Theater
2614 S. Calhoun St.
*Anthony Medical Building
5717 S. Anthony Blvd.
(former Allen County Sweeper Company)
1800 Broadway
*Waynedale News
2505 Lower Huntington Rd.

The City requires applicants to provide a dollar-for-dollar match in order to receive the grant. The program has been so successful that from 2009-2013, the City awarded $1.07 million in grant funding, which leveraged more than $2.9 million of private investment toward improvements. A total of 63 projects have been completed or are almost completed since the program was introduced.

We introduced the Commercial Façade Grant program in 2008 as part of our ongoing commitment to help local businesses thrive and expand, particularly in the heart of the City. The program is designed to assist business owners in making improvements to the exterior of their commercial properties. Enhancements can include new siding, architectural features, signage, lighting, awnings, parking improvements, decorative fencing and more.