Commercial Retention & Redevelopment Program 2017-2018:

Commercial Retention & Redevelopment Program (CRR)
Facade Forgivable Loans & Grants :  West Beltline:  Bailey Street to Brookland Circle
                                                                     Farrow Road:  Colonial Drive to West Beltline

The first round of applications have been received, evaluated and awarded.  The following businesses will be starting projects in the month of March 2018:

FARROW ROAD
KBEL Properties, 3035 Farrow Road
Cathy's Hair Styling Salon, 3116 Farrow Road
Wells ETAL, 3118 Farrow Road

WEST BELTLINE BLVD.
Outing's Barber Shop, 3705 West Beltline Blvd.
Coaplen Trust, 3830 West Betline Blvd.

Congratulations to these most recent awardees!

We anticipate having information on the next target area no later than June 2018.  Please check back!

♦  CRR Brochure
♦  Step-by-Step Guidelines
♦  Application Package Checklist
♦  Application
 
Previous Facade Improvement Program Target Area Summary Reports
Business Improvement District
Main/North Main Corridor
Two Notch Road Phases I & II



Facade Improvement Program Overview
The City of Columbia's Facade Improvement Program aims to improve the appearance of commercial corridors throughout the city that are significantly deteriorated.  Through this forgivable loan and grant program, commercial property owners and/or business tenants are able to make improvements to the front and other exterior portions of commercial buildings that can be seen from the public right-of-way.
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Current Target Area
Farrow Road:  Colonial Drive to West Beltline
West Beltline Blvd:  Bailey St. to Brookland Circle
 
Eligible Improvements:
Windows                          Masonry Repair
Doors                               Carpentry Repair                          
Paint                                Awnings
Lighting                            Tree Planting
Signage                           Security Camera System Installation
Fencing                            Iron Bar Removal & Disposal from Windows and Doors
 
Facade Improvement Loan (Forgivable)
* Property and/or Business Operators fronting targeted portions of Farrow Rd. and West Beltline Blvd.
* No improvements to Interior Allowed
* Forgivable Loan up to a maximum of $15,000 and $20,000/per project site
* 80%-City / 20%-Applicant Project Cost Split
* Any amount above City's $15,000 or $20,000 Max, reverts to Applicant
* Proper maintenance of the improvements will be monitored for a period of two (2) years
* Can be used in conjunction with "forgivable" Commercial Loan from Office of Business Opportunities
* This program may use federal funds and contractors may be required to follow all federal regulations
 

Facade Improvement Grant
* Property and/or Business Operators fronting targeted portions of Farrow Rd. and West Beltline Blvd.
* No improvements to Interior Allowed
* Can do any combination of eligible improvement elements listed above, up to $2,000
* There is no commitment investment required from applicant
* Proper maintenance of the improvements will be monitored for a period of one (1) year
* Grant amounts are less than $2000; therefore, federal regulations will not apply. 


Columbia Facade Improvement Program Resolution R-2012-110

 

Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950