Improvement program helps QC business facades

The town of Queen Creek is accepting applications for its Facade Improvement Program, designed to encourage improvements to the street-facing exteriors of commercial buildings in Town Center.

Applicants must be the owners of the property or commercial tenants who have written approval from property owners to participate. The town will reimburse up to 50 percent of eligible pre-approved improvement costs.

The maximum amount for any individual grant award is $20,000 per property.

Eligible improvements include:

•Exterior painting, leaning, or facade repair

•Plants and landscaping

•Exterior signs

•Awnings

•Doors and windows

•Facade and display window lighting

•Demolition of obsolete structures

•Addition of a patio or outdoor space Ineligible improvements include:

•New building construction

•Roof repairs (other than those portions that directly attach to a new or renovated facade)

•Interior work

•Any items that are not allowed by the town of Queen Creek building code

The schedule for round two of grants is:

•Sept. 9: 8 a.m. or 5 p.m.: Mandatory informational meeting. Must call 480-358-3523 to register.

•Sept. 22: Deadline for facade application

•Oct. 8: Review committee

•Oct. 13: Announcement of awards For more information about Town Center

boundaries or the overall program, contact Jennifer Lindley, economic development specialist, at 480-358-3523 or jenifer. lindley@queencreek.org.

Applications for the program will be accepted four times per year.

For information about the town’s economic development efforts, visit www.queencreek.org.

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