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Advance Auto Parts seeks EDA facade grant

Advance Auto Parts applied for a Downtown Facade Improvement Grant from Farmington Economic Development Authority.

Building owner Gary Van Erp applied for the grant EDA grant June 8 to update the exterior facade of his storefront business built in 1999 that is open on Oak Street next to the bakery.

The total project is estimated to cost $11,500, including the $2,500 EDA grant request.

Farmington Community Development Director Adam Kienberger reports the owner requests grant funds to assist with improvements for the exterior building.

The proposed project would remove 80 percent of exterior brick on the east half of the building and repair any damage while replacing the building's stucco facade.

The EDA grant requires a one-to-one match by the grant applicant. The grant amount requested is $2,500.

The Downtown Redevelopment Plan is designed to encourage business owners to improve building fronts to give the business curb appeal through facade improvements. Some exterior upgrades can include hanging new exterior business awnings, painting, adding lighting or decorative signage, installing windows or doors or addressing improvements to the building's accessibility.

The EDA will review and vote on the Downtown Facade Improvement grant application at the next meeting on 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at city hall.

Each year, the Farmington EDA manages a fund of $20,000. The seven-member board reviews matching grant applications from $1,500 up to $2,500 from local businesses. Many Farmington businesses have reaped the exterior remodel and curb appeal benefits of the economic development program.

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