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Raleigh poised to expand facade grant program

MAR 23, 2016

With help from the city, Raleigh’s storefronts may soon look a little nicer.

City leaders are poised to approve a major expansion of an incentives program that offers a matching grant of as much as $5,000 on a first-come, first-served basis to owners of retail or mixed-use properties to improve their building facades. The money can be used to remove false fronts, repair building materials, or to add signs, lighting or other features.

The program has been limited to property owners in downtown Raleigh or one of the city’s “pedestrian business overlay districts,” which include Glenwood South, Hillsborough Street, Peace Street and the North Person Street business district. A proposed map endorsed by Mayor Nancy McFarlane’s committee on Tuesday would make the grants eligible to hundreds more properties – including those in high-poverty, industrial and redevelopment areas.


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