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Applications now open for business facades

The City of Williams Lake is accepting grant applications for its Business Façade Improvement Program.

Recently Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) approved the city’s application for a $20,000 Business Façade Improvement Program grant for another year.

The funds will be delivered to improve retail and commercial building facades in the city’s downtown and highway commercial corridor.

A primary purpose of the program is to assist in improving the physical appearance and/or functionality of commercial buildings to increase business viability and service to the public.

By facilitating improvements to business facades, business areas can become more appealing to consumers, thereby increasing the marketability of commercial spaces and assisting business viability and retention.

Existing buildings in the Downtown and Highway Corridor Development Permit areas of the city are eligible for the program.

Building owners, or business owners with written authorization of the property owner, can apply for a 50 per cent reimbursement grant up to a maximum of $5,000 for approved façade improvement projects.

Examples of eligible improvements include exterior works such as decorative and architectural details, signage, accessibility and entranceway improvements, and lighting.

Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2017.

The Business Façade Improvement Program application and guidelines are now available on the City’s website at http://williamslake.ca/DocumentCenter/View/1291.

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