The City of Livingston through its Livingston Downtown Revitalization Committee (LDRC) is pleased to announce the establishment of a grant program to assist in the total restoration, renovation and repair of commercial building exteriors within Livingston Courthouse Square District.
The Façade and Building Restoration Grant will assist property owners making capital improvements to building facades, and aims to encourage restoring the original character of historic buildings.
Physical improvements to structures will assist in spurring economic vitality within the Courthouse Square area.
By encouraging and incentivizing improvements to the exteriors of commercial buildings, Livingston will enhance the appearance of the Square and the community as a whole overall. The resulting effect will be the attraction of new businesses, encourage visitors downtown supporting the retention, preservation and expansion of existing businesses.
For this special-purpose grant, building façade improvements may include lighting, signage, awnings; restoration of doors, windows, storefront and façade rehabilitation; painting; and accessibility improvements that restores the building façade back to or near originality or some other period of time that both the committee and the property owner deem historically appropriate.
Improvements to rear facades are eligible as long as those facades are clearly visible from a public street. Interior improvements are not eligible.
This Façade and Building Restoration Grant Program will help our local downtown businesses and retailers in a very tangible way. The improvements funded through this program will make existing businesses increasingly inviting places to shop, work, recreate and live while revitalizing streetscapes and commercial corridors in the downtown.
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