Façade Grant Program
The Façade Improvement Program provides financial assistance to private, non-profit and/or City or County groups for Downtown property improvements. There are several objectives for this incentive, which include but are not limited to:
- Stimulating the redevelopment of Downtown Tucson adding to both the employment base and activity level;
- Bringing about the recycling and environmental upgrading of presently vacant or under-utilized and buildings;
- Assisting in financing and financial packaging of public and private Downtown revitalization efforts;
- Assisting in the preservation or restoration of the historic visual character of older buildings in Downtown Tucson;
- Improving the appearance of Downtown streetscapes in anticipation of the arrival of the street car; and
- Encouraging the retention of existing or the recruitment of new commercial tenants in participating buildings.
The Façade Improvement Program is a matching grant fund. Property owners or tenants accepted into the program are required to match dollar for dollar (50%) of all funding received for façade improvements. The properties must be on, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places.
The Façade Program has 2 categories:
- Major Renovation This category has a maximum loan/grant amount of $125,000 for corner sites and $90,000 for mid-block sites. The loans will be forgivable if the property owner/tenant remains in compliance with the terms of the program over the ten (10) year period. These are limited to historic buildings.
- Minor Upgrades This category allows for a maximum loan/grant amount of $5,000 for projects to paint their façade and install/replace awnings. The loans will be forgivable
if the property owner/tenant remains in compliance with the terms of the program over the five (5) year period.
2008 Grant Awardees (Major):
64 Broadway – “The Scott”
Beowulf Alley Theatre
The Screening Room
2011 Grant Awardees (minor):
Gibson Gym – The Drawing Studio
Sears Building – Imago Dei Middle School
2012 Grant Awardees:
Howard & Stofft Building
Chicago Music Store