Grant for facade improvement scheme to revitalize Leominster town center
LEOMINSTER — The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerceprovided $25,000 in funding to help support the Town of Leominster’s facade improvement program.
The program, which offers downtown property owners and businesses the opportunity to improve their building’s exterior, aims to help the city retain and attract business, strengthen the downtown core, increase the use of existing businesses and improve property values.
Administered by the City’s Facade Grants Design Committee under the direction of the Mayor’s Office and Economic Development Coordinator, the program provides funding for exterior improvements on building facades intended to improve the aesthetic appearance of the building. . Six companies are currently approved for the Facade program, including Tavern 13 and Medical Arts Hearing Instruments.
“We are making significant investments in the town center from Monoosnock Brook to supporting the Facade project for our landlords and business owners,” Leominster Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella said. “With just about every square foot of commercial space filled in our downtown, this program will help enhance the unique buildings that make up our downtown while maintaining the small-town vibe that people have come to experience in Leominster.”
“Our recent regional economic development plan identified one of the critical factors for the growth of our region which focuses on our downtown areas,” said Roy M. Nascimento, president and CEO of the chamber of commerce. of north central Massachusetts. “Through this grant, businesses in downtown Leominster have the opportunity to improve the image of the town and its ability to attract new residents and invest in the community.
Funding came from a competitive Regional Economic Development Grant obtained by NCMDC from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
Property or business owners interested in applying for improvement grants should contact the City of Leominster Economic Development Office at (978) 962-3541 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the potential project before submitting an application.