The City of Taunton, through its Office of Economic and Community Development is offering funding to qualified businesses and non-profit organizations for façade improvements utilizing funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). A façade grant is offered to owners and tenants of commercial properties as an incentive to improve and restore the original character of their buildings. Façade grants will match private investments to assist owners in restoring the appearance of their buildings. Façade improvement projects must contribute to and not detract from the overall attractiveness of commercial buildings and streetscapes.
The Goals of the Program are to: •Facilitate commercial revitalization •Stimulate private investment and customer patronage •Preserve and beautify the City’s commercial districts •Generate business opportunities and create a pleasant walking environment by improving the visual aesthetics of the commercial building facades and commercial districts
The objective of the program is to assist in restoring, substantially beautifying, and/or enhancing the entire façade or elevation of a commercial building. Additionally, the program is intended to assist projects that promote retail activities, create an attractive and welcoming environment, encourage neighborhood character and architectural design, use quality materials, and incorporate good design concepts.