Beautification grants available for businesses

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Shops and businesses in Boyd in need of an exterior spruce-up may be eligible for some assistance early next year.

The Boyd Municipal Development District (MDD) approved guidelines Tuesday for the property improvement program, which will allow businesses in the city to apply for 50 percent matching grants up to $10,000. The grants will pay for up to 50 percent of storefront improvements, including the restoration of architectural details, windows and doors, as well as signage, lighting and parking lots.

The Boyd MDD will open up the application process for the grants Jan. 1. The deadline for applications is March 1.

The MDD, which was approved by voters in May and began collecting a half-cent of sales tax in October, has allotted up to $30,000 for grants, according to City Administrator Greg Arrington.

Michael Gutierrez, the MDD president, said this is an important project for the MDD.

“We wanted to reinvest in the community and businesses,” Gutierrez said. “The next step is recruiting businesses willing to take part in the program.

“It’ll help the residents and town with beautification of the community.”

Only commercial property owners or commercial tenants with written approval from the property owners in Boyd are eligible for the grants. Applicants must also be up-to-date on all municipal taxes and not have any city liens filed against.

Home businesses, non-profits, government offices, residences and sexually-oriented businesses are ineligible.

All nonconforming signage must be removed. City-approved signage is eligible for the grants.

Other improvements eligible, along with lighting, parking lots, windows and doors are removal of elements that cover architectural details, putting in awnings and canopies, landscaping, painting buildings, improving accessibility, replacement of gutters and repair of portions of the roof visible from the street and installation or repair of sidewalks.

Exterior improvements located to the sides or rear of buildings or to the interior are ineligible for the grants as well as outdoor dining or seating, playground equipment, security alarms, gazebos, trellises, burglar bars and new commercial construction. The grants will also not cover permitting or professional fees, asbestos testing or abatement, improvements for which insurance monies are received or outline lighting.

Applicants must agree to not change or alter the improved facade without written approval from the city for three years from the date of the grant payment.

The MDD will provide its 50 percent of funding as a reimbursement after applicant has paid its contractors and professionals in full and the project has been completed in full.

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