Local businesses make their pitch for the Facade Grant Program

Four businesses get approval from the Community Redevelopment Authority
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 8:20 PM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) -Phase one of the Facade Grant Program took place at City Hall in Scottsbluff in front of the Community Redevelopment Authority Committee (CRA). The Facade Grant Program helps Scottsbluff businesses with exterior renovations. Businesses have to come up with the money for these projects and if approved by City Council they match up to $10,000.

“This is an unreal thing for business owners,” says Ralph Paez Owner of 16th Empire. “To have the community that’s so willing to reinvest in itself and help us reinvest in our businesses it speaks for itself.”

Four businesses received approval including 16th Empire, West Nebraska Arts Center, Action Communications, and Jessie Martinez.

“This is it’s kind of a burden you know lifted off your shoulders,” says Paez. “People want to make improvements to their buildings and they have this Community Redevelopment Authority Committee giving us the opportunity to do it it’s a nice thing for our community.”

CRA says this program gives the city a makeover and can attract prospective residents and business owners.

“Scottsbluff is an older community we got a lot of older buildings some in disrepair some in need of repair,” says Bill Trumbull CRA Chairman. “I think anytime you can take something like this a building here a building there spruce that building up makes a huge difference on how people view and see the community as they drive through.”

CRA says businesses need to have all the proper information before the committee to be considered.

“The main thing is you need to have good numbers you need to have good estimates of what you’re trying to do,” says Trumbull. “We can’t award money with just a guess so we got to have on paper estimates from what you are doing. If you have drawings or pictures that always helps but make sure you have all your numbers intact that they are firm numbers and we’ll go from there.”

Copyright 2021 KNEP. All rights reserved.