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Boyne City Main Street awards $20,000 in façade grants

Boyne City Main Street is pleased to announce 123/125 Water St. and Banner Law as recipients of the 2019-20 Façade Program grants. The Façade Grant Program provides matching funds for Main Street District property owners and tenants to improve the facades of their buildings, in order to maintain the architectural character and economic viability of downtown. The application process was extremely competitive, with five grant requests totaling over
$80,000.

Banner Law, located at 213 S. Lake Street, is the recipient of $15,000 from the grant program, for a complete, historically accurate, front façade overhaul to the building. 123/125 Water Street (the building that houses The Wine Emporium) is the recipient of $5,000 from the grant program, which will be used for the second phase of renovations that began last year. Phase two will focus on returning the front façade to historical accuracy, by bumping out the area currently set in. New windows were installed on the front and back facades in 2018.

“The support the BCMS Design Committee has been able to provide downtown building and business owners is really exciting, both through the grants and the conversations that take place during grant application review ” Kelsie King-Duff, Boyne City Main Street Executive Director said.

Funds are provided by Boyne City Main Street with dollars raised through Boyne Thunder. There is no set minimum or maximum number of projects per year The grant program seeks to encourage private investment through the rehabilitation and improvement of facades within the Boyne City Main Street District, to encourage good design that will serve as quality examples, and to preserve the architectural character that is distinctive to Boyne City. By improving the appearance of the building facades, the program aims to improve the economic viability of the downtown.

For more information about Boyne City Main Street and the façade grant program, visit www.boynecitymainstreet.com or email mainstreet@boynecity.com.