Applications Being Accepted Now For Downtown Façade Improvement Program

January 23, 2012

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Façade Improvement Program, which provides financial assistance to Downtown building owners and tenants to improve the appearance of Downtown streetscapes in anticipation of the arrival of the Modern Streetcar. The Façade Improvement Program stimulates the redevelopment of Downtown Tucson, assists in the preservation or restoration of the historic character of Downtown Tucson and facilitates economic development in the region by creating jobs and increasing activity.

The 2012 Façade Improvement Program will give assistance of up to $105,000 to restore the façades of commercial buildings that were constructed before 1960, listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and are located within the Downtown region. Up to four applicants may be picked by the Façade section committee to participate in the program.

“This is a great opportunity for Downtown business and property owners,” said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “I could think of no greater impact that we can have on the authenticity and vibrancy of Downtown than continuing the success of the façade program. You only have to look at businesses like Hub and Maynard’s to realize that by combining our cultural past with creative, adaptive reuse concepts we are creating a one-of-a-kind, genuine identity for Downtown.”

The Façade Improvement Program is seen as one of the most universally successful programs in Downtown Tucson. In previous years, façade improvement money has been used to restore the historic Screening Room to the original 1910 façade, transform the Rialto Theatre Block façade, prepare the exterior of The Scott building at 64 Broadway for the arrival of a new corporate headquarters and many other acclaimed projects.

The Façade Improvement Program is administered by the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Major funding for the project is provided by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the private sector – led Providence Service Corp – and dedicated preservation money from the City of Tucson. Applicants may apply with Accion or the Tucson IDA for matching funds if unable to receive financing from their bank.

Applications are being accepted now through March 5, 2012 at 1 p.m. The selection committee will meet to choose the top 4 projects that week and will announce the finalists on March 12. The finalists will then work with architects to produce finalized design plans that will be presented to the Downtown Tucson Partnership by April 23. The awardees will be announced at a press conference on April 30. All projects must be completed by December 2012. Applications may be hand delivered or mailed to the Downtown Tucson Partnership, 110 E. Pennington Street, Suite 150, Tucson, Arizona 85701. The application is available for download on our website. Please contact Jewell Anderson at 520-837-6504 or via email for more information.

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is committed to making Downtown Tucson the most dynamic urban center in the Southwest. The Partnership is a non-profit, 501 (c)(6) corporation, charged with acting as a catalyst for the re-development of Downtown.