A new grant program has been launched in downtown Warrensburg.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Community Development Director Barbara Carroll and Warrensburg Main Street Director Julie Turnipseed:

Barbara Carroll and Julie Turnipseed

Carroll said the program is meant to encourage historically appropriate facade improvements with a dollar-for-dollar matching grant.  Applications are due by September 30th.

Press Release from the City of Warrensburg

The City of Warrensburg is launching a new Downtown Façade Grant Program to encourage historically appropriate façade improvements to existing buildings in downtown Warrensburg.

This new program is available to the property owner or tenant, with owner approval, of a building that is at least 75 years old and located within the DREAM boundary. To be eligible for a grant, the improvements must be performed on either the front or rear façade of the building and must be visible to the public.

This is a dollar for dollar matching amount grant program with a maximum of $1,000 in grant funds available per award per grant cycle. The grant cycle runs from October 1 to September 30. Only one grant per cycle may be awarded to a property – any individual platted lot or tract of land described by metes and bounds.

Applicants may apply now through September 30, 2013, by submitting a completed application form and attachments that include the proposed work to be performed. Any work completed prior to the approval of a grant application is not eligible for funding. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are only for actual applicant-paid expenses approved by the grant committee comprised of one representative each from the Historic Preservation Commission, Warrensburg Main Street and the City of Warrensburg.

The types of work that may be funded include, but are not limited to, the following: masonry repair, tuck pointing, signage, awnings, window and door repair, painting, cornice repair, and building front improvements.

Businesses in the DREAM boundary are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance the attractiveness of the community while promoting commercial vitality and increasing economic activity and sales tax revenues.

For more information or an application, please contact Barbara Carroll, Director of Community Development at 660-747-9135, or Julie Turnipseed, Warrensburg Main Street Director at 660-429-3988.