(Washington, DC) - The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), in coordination with the Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, is launching the pilot Ward 4 Storefront Improvement Program, through which Ward 4 business owners can apply for services to improve the appearance of their storefront.
The Ward 4 Storefront Improvement Program is designed for eligible applicant business owners to make small design fixes to their storefronts and for fast-track implementation, which will ensure that tangible, visible improvements are made over a short-term (maximum four months) production and implementation period. The program objectives are to:
- Upgrade traditional commercial building stock to improve storefront properties;
- Improve economic vitality and perceived safety in the Ward 4 commercial areas;
- Restore historic fabric and character to Ward 4 commercial area by creating uniformity in areas; and,
- Stimulate redevelopment in Ward 4 commercial areas.
Eligible storefront improvement services comprise:
- Exterior lighting
- Painting (exterior only)
- Security grates (removal or relocation to the store interior)
- Window glass (replacement of broken storefront glass or plexiglass)
Businesses are eligible for up to $15,000 in improvement services. However, it is important to note that as a pilot program, DSLBD is only able to provide services to a limited number of eligible businesses. While the storefront improvement services are free to the business owner, the business owner is responsible for any permit fees, which range from $150 to $600.
The first round of applications is due Wednesday, December 30, 2009. However, a second round of applications will likely be announced for submission in early February 2010.
Contact Phyllis R. Love at email@example.com or (202) 727-3900 with questions about the Ward 4 Storefront Improvement Program.