Aberdeen encouraging a new face for downtown

A new Facade Improvement Grant opportunity is encouraging downtown Aberdeen merchants to spruce up for springtime.

With funding set aside by town leaders, the reimbursable grant program kicked off in January to a solid start with three approved projects already underway.

“We believe this will help us achieve our goal to help beautify the downtown area,” said Daniel Martin, Aberdeen’s community and downtown development planner. “We want to make it more attractive to generate more pedestrian traffic and that will, in turn, increase sales activity.”

The program aims for an organized and coordinated approach to improving the appearance of the downtown shopping area. Grant funding is restricted to commercial property owners and business tenants located within the historic district of Aberdeen. Eligible projects include exterior signage, exterior painting, windows or window replacement, door and window awnings, and general maintenance needs on the facade of a building — including the front, side, or rear of a structure.

(The Pilot, 3/3/2016)

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