Wayne Main Street awards first Façade Grant to Paul Visingardi

Paul Visingardi Design Service FinalWAYNE, MI- Wayne Main Street’s board of directors approved property owner Paul Visingardi’s application for Wayne Main Street’s Façade Grant program. The Façade Grant program was developed by the Design Committee to help improve the appearance of buildings in Wayne Main Street’s downtown district.

The Façade Grant is funded by Wayne Main Street and reimburses up to 50 percent of the project’s total cost to the recipient. Interested candidates must submit an application to the design committee for review. Grants are provided on a first-approved, first-funded basis. The funding cycle begins on Jan. 1 of every year.

Visingardi, building owner of 3023 South Wayne Rd., was approved for $9,957.50. He will receive the reimbursement check after construction is completed. Planned Home Improvement of Westland, Mich. has been hired to complete the construction. Wayne Main Street previously awarded Visingardi complimentary Design Services, which will be implemented in the construction process. Design services provide business owners recommendations on how to improve the façade of their building to increase curb appeal while adhering to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of historic buildings.

Visingardi is hoping that the new improvements will attract potential tenants to the currently vacant building. The improved façade of Visingardi’s building will be a great change for downtown Wayne. The improvements will be made with respect to preserving the historic elements of the building.

“All stakeholders in Downtown Wayne have been waiting for this moment – the moment that Wayne Main Street is able to produce visible results,” says Wayne Main Street Executive Director, Lindsey Wooten. “It is an exciting time for downtown. Not only will one facade be improved this year with the help of the Facade Grant Incentive Program, but at least two additional buildings on the same stretch of Wayne Road are being improved using private investments. We hope this first grant-funded project will encourage other property owners to improve their buildings in the near future knowing that this incentive is available.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the Façade Grant should visit the website, http://www.downtownwayne.org/business/grant, where the application and more information can be found. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information contact Wayne Main Street Executive Director Lindsey Wooten at (734) 629-6822 or at director@downtownwayne.org

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