City continues to offer local business façade improvement program

The City of Rochelle, in its continuing effort to support the revival and development of local business, has again approved the Façade Improvement Program for 2023.

ROCHELLE – The City of Rochelle, in its continuing effort to support the revival and development of local business, has again approved the Façade Improvement Program for 2023.

The city will provide a 50 percent matching grant, with a maximum amount of $5,000 to business or building owners who complete eligible improvements to the facades of their buildings. Improvements must be constructed within six months of application approval. The city will match dollar-for-dollar an owner’s investment in eligible improvements to the appearance of their building’s storefront façade. The building or business owner who has funded most of the improvements must apply for and be approved in order to receive the 50 percent matching grant.

Commercial buildings that meet the following qualifications are eligible for the grant: One grant per building in a five-year period. One grant per building or business owner every other year. Façade faces public right-of-way. Any code violations have been addressed. Property owner is in good standing with Rochelle Municipal Utilities/city bills. Improvements begin after Jan. 1, 2023

Examples of eligible projects include: brick cleaning, exterior doors, streetscape elements, tuck pointing, windows and window frames, landscaping, painting, shutters & awnings, stairs, porches, railings, wall façade repair & treatment, exterior lighting, roofs visible from the street, original architectural feature repair or replacement, signage repair or replacement, or improvements for ADA compliance.

A complete list of eligible expenses and application procedures are available for pick up at the Community Development Department located at 420 N. 6th St. and on the city’s website at www.cityofrochelle.net.  For questions or information, please contact Michelle Knight, City of Rochelle community development specialist.