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Facade Improvement Grant
About the Program

The Village is offering a façade improvement program for commercial areas located along Roosevelt Road, Cermak Road between Mannheim Rd & Sunnyside Ave and Mannheim Road. The Village continues to encourage private investment in commercial buildings through a program, which offers incentives to property owners that improve the quality of their storefronts. The façade improvement grant is designed to promote significant storefront improvements in the Village’s commercial areas. Under the Façade Improvement Program, property owners are eligible to apply for grants of up to 50% of the cost of improving their storefronts or building facades. These grants are provided in recognition of the positive impact that individual façade renovations can have on the overall appearance of the image of the area. 

Purpose:
To support rehabilitation and preservation of commercial property; encourage new business; and retain, revitalize, and expand existing business in Westchester. 

Approval:
Based on the merit and design of project upon review by Economic Development Committee (EDC) and Village Board. The Village reserves the right to prioritize applications on the basis of scope of work, level of private investment, and relative impact of the proposed improvements on the business district.

Assistance:
Property owners who propose to install at least $5,000 of total improvements, are eligible to receive a grant equal to 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum grant of $7,500.  The maximum amount of the grant will be computed on the basis of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per linear foot of building frontage.


Eligible Improvements
  • Brick cleaning
  • Tuck pointing
  • Painting
  • Awnings
  • Window display area remodeling
  • Exterior lighting
  • Replacement of windows or doors
  • Landscaping adjacent to building
  • Restoration of original architectural features
  • Sign replacement or repair
  • Other improvements which are visible from the street and have a positive impact on the appearance of the building

Program Documents

Façade Improvement Grant Program Guidelines 

Façade Improvement Grant Application 

Façade Improvement Grant Agreement 

For more information on the program, please contact Melissa Headley, Director of Community Development at 708-345-0199.