Westminster facade program nets state grant of $50,000

The City of Westminster's Facade Improvement Program this week received a state grant of $50,000 as part of Maryland's Community Legacy program awards.

The award was part of an overall package of $5.5 million awarded to projects across the state, and was announced by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown on Nov. 27 at an event in Baltimore. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development manages the program.

The goal of the Community Legacy initiative is to provide local governments and community development organizations with funding for projects aimed at retaining and attracting businesses and encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization.

The grants will benefit 58 projects in 19 counties and Baltimore City.

In Westminster, the Facade Improvement Program is run by the city's Westminster Redevelopment Agency, which shares the cost of improving building exteriors to help promote private and public investment in areas that represent "visual and physical blight," particularly at city entryways or high traffic areas, or are experiencing physical and economic blight.

Improvements can include exterior wall repairs, landscaping and sidewalk replacement, awnings, signs, lights, and door and roof repairs.

For more information on Westminster's program, call Chet Simmons in the Economic Development Office, at 714-548-3169.


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