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Nine local businesses awarded commercial facade grants

Fort Wayne has become a hub for local small businesses, and thanks to The City of Fort Wayne, 9 of them can reach their fullest potential.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 7:24 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2019 8:41 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Like a lot of business owners, Georgina Jordan experienced a setback but did not give up.

"I had lost my job of 26 years so I just decided to do something different and using my savings, I bought the house. now you gotta renovate and supply it," Jordan said.

Her business is 1 of 9 that will be assisted with a Commercial Facade Grant.

"The buildings that they move into sometimes are rather nondescript, so by utilizing this grant money along with their private investment, were able to improve the facades of their building so people who drive down the street or walk down the sidewalk know what's in the building and that's the whole idea," Mayor Henry said.

Some businesses are hard to see and get to so the city is investing over $200,000 into the projects to help with that. Collectively, the property owners have pledged to contribute more than $450,000 in private dollars on the facades of buildings. by the end of the year more than 100 facade grant projects will be completed since the start of the program back in 2008.

The city requires applicants to provide a dollar for dollar match in order to receive the grant.

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