BY LANIA ROCHA
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SWARTZ CREEK – Downtown Swartz Creek could get a little more beautified this year if merchants take advantage of the Downtown Development Authority’s façade improvement grants.
The DDA will offer up to $10,000 in total grant money this year. Businesses seeking a portion of the funds must match the amount awarded even-steven.
Downtown business owners may use the money to improve storefronts, signs, awnings, outdoor pedestrian/ dining areas and other exterior features that help create a charming or otherwise inviting ambiance in the central business district.
“The idea is to promote investment in historic or unique features that might otherwise be financially untenable,” City Manager Adam Zettel wrote in a letter sent to owners of commercial and office properties within the DDA district.
Through the façade improvement program, the DDA is encouraging business owners to increase the community’s collective curb appeal by preserving and enhancing historic features, creating interesting and inviting entryways, providing outdoor seating and dining areas, installing simple yet interesting signage (preferably free-hanging signs situated perpendicular to the roadway), applying creative graphics to storefronts, improving landscaping and lighting, and/or adding similar nuances to create a harmonious portrait in the Miller/Morrish corridor and beyond.
Maps of precise boundaries, and details about how to apply, are available at city hall.