Restoration grant project could return to Town of Normal

After being dormant for years, a grant project might soon return
Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 6:20 PM CST
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PEORIA (25News Now) - Property owners in Uptown Normal might be able to get a grant for building renovations.

The Facade Project began in 2003 and went dormant after five years of funding. The goal of the project was to help owners freshen up some of the oldest buildings in town during the Uptown renewal process. After being dormant for some time, it may soon make a comeback with some new momentum coming from high-visibility projects.

The grant typically covers projects that are exteriors only, like bay windows, signages, entrances and storefront restorations.

The money that comes from the town’s general fund and would be available for all property owners. City Planner Mercy Davison says it’s an especially big win for small businesses.

“Most of the businesses are locally owned and small scale. The program is open to any business or building owner, but when it comes to restoration and that sort of thing, typically it’s the smaller buildings that are in need of that kind of funding,” said Davison.

The 50/50 matching grant would require the owner cover half the cost of projects. Town council is expected to discuss resuming it on March 20.