Three Texas Street businesses awarded facade grants

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Red’s Ribs on Texas Street

Carolyn Roy | News Editor
Three Texas Street businesses have been awarded grants to start the Community Façade & Economic Enhancement Program according to committee president Elton Wade.
Ronald and Sheila Pikes, owners of Total Care Hair Salon at 1551 Texas and a vacant car wash on Texas will receive $13,000.
William Allen, owner of Allen’s Tax Service at 1730 Texas, will receive $9,000.
Marie Hymes, owner of the Red’s Ribs at 501 Texas, will also receive a grant but the amount was not available at press time.
A $15,000 cap is placed on property owners with more than one property.
The City has allocated $100,000 from the American Rescue Plan to be used for rehabilitation of facades to improve the Texas and Washington Street Corridor.
The committee will provide grants up to $8,000 for eligible repairs with business owners paying 25 percent of the total costs. For example, if a project is estimated to cost $10,000, the business is required to fund $2,500 of the cost, leaving a $7,500 grant.
The committee may pay 100 percent of total costs for projects up to $1,000 at its discretion with a one-time payout only. Those receiving the grant are still eligible for up to $7,000 in funding for other eligible costs.
Grant funds will be disbursed within 30 days of contractor invoices submitted for payment. Work must be completed within 12 months of approval.
To be eligible for a grant, owners and or business tenants must own or lease property within the boundaries on Texas or Washington streets extending to the north bypass.
Eligible
for grants are:
•Facade rehabilitation, storefront repair or rehabilitation
•Door and window repair and replacement or upgraded signage
•Exterior painting, awnings and canopies
•Masonry cleaning and/or repair removal of aluminum or non-historic siding
•Restoring historically compatible materials or features and gutters
•Historical architectural elements, exterior lighting improvements, exterior structural repairs
•Design expenses from a qualified design professional, labor costs and contractor fees
•Cost of materials, landscaping adjacent to building
•Permitting fees
•Existing parking lot repairs such as resurfacing pot holes, striping
Grantees must submit the following:
•Photos of property
•Photos of work to be completed
•Copy of lease, land contract or deed; tenants must provide owner’s written authorization
•Signed bids of work to be performed
•Signed façade grant program application
•Complete W-9 form from business owner and contractor
In addition to Wade, board members include Rosa Hamilton Shields, Nicole Gray, Wayne Halm, Helen Obioha, Camille Hawthorne and Ronald Helaire.
To apply, contact Wade at 318-471-7962. The application is also located on the City’s website at  https://www.natchitochesla.gov/content/facade-grant-application-printable-form