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Facade & Building Improvement Grant Program

Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) is pleased to announce the establishment of a grant program to assist in the restoration, renovation, redevelopment, and repair of commercial buildings in Waterville’s downtown district.

The Façade & Building Improvement Grant will assist property owners and commercial tenants in making capital improvements to building facades. We aim to encourage new and existing property owners and businesses to invest in their commercial storefronts, awnings, and signs, while restoring the original character of historic buildings and providing a catalyst for others to improve the visual appearance of their privately-owned businesses.

Required Workshop Details
Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Location: Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901
Purpose: Prospective grant applicants have the opportunity to strengthen their applications by gaining a deeper understanding of the Facade and Building Improvement Grant Program, asking questions with regards to their proposed projects, and engaging with design and construction experts. Prospective applicants are required to attend, but may instead arrange for a private meeting with CMGC.
Contact: director@centralmaine.org | 207-680-7300
Application Material - due March 1, 2019
Program Overview

• 50% matching grant

• Applicant must be tenant or owner of a commercial or mixed-use property located within eligible district (see map)

• Funding Tiers:

• Small Projects Grant – up to $2,500
• Facade Improvements – up to $10,000
• Special Projects & Building Improvements – case-by-case basis

• Reimbursements made upon project completion, which must be within 2019

Is My Project Eligible?

Eligible Projects:
• Signage
• Awnings
• Storefront Improvements
• Restoration, repair, or replacement of original windows, doors, and trim
• Cleaning and/or painting of wood surfaces
• Cleaning and/or repointing of surface brick or stone
• Removing paint from brick or stone
• Exterior Lighting
• Removal of “modernization” efforts and/or inappropriate non-historic alterations
• See Program Guidance for additional eligible projects

Ineligible Projects:
• Purchase of commercial property/equipment
• New construction
• Renovations started prior to grant approval

Which Contractors Do This Work?

The following list of local contractors is not exhaustive – it is meant to be a helpful guide to start your contractor search and bidding process. These contractors have demonstrated a commitment to downtown Waterville’s revitalization, and may already have familiarity with facade restoration and improvement.

Bowman Constructors – a general constructor for commercial and institutional projects, Bowman’s past historic renovation work includes additions and renovations to the Piscataquis County Courthouse.
Fairfield Drafting & Construction – an all-phases general contractor for both residential and commercial projects, Fairfield Drafting’s past historic preservation work includes large office space on Common Street along Castonguay Square in Waterville.
Gordon Contracting – an all-phases general contractor for projects ranging from outdoor recreational venues to commercial and industrial build, Gordon’s past historic and downtown work includes the Gignoux Courthouse in Portland and RiverWalk at Head of Falls in Waterville.
Jacobs Glass & Restoration – specializing in historic restoration and preservation, particularly the restoration of historic windows, Jacob’s also performs masonry, storefront, and wood restoration work. Past historic projects include Gilman Street Apartments in Waterville and the Bath Customs House in Bath.
Kavestone LLC – specializing in construction and home improvements, Kavestone services include framing, siding, windows, roofing, granite, tile, and stone veneer. Past/current historic projects include OPA restaurant in Waterville and the former Boys & Girls Club in Waterville.
Landry/French Construction – the all-phases general contractor who recently completed Colby College’s Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, Landry/French’s past historic renovation work includes Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth and the Charles E. Moody School in Hinckley.
Sheridan Construction – a design/build commercial contractor and certified Butler builder, Sheridan’s past historic work includes the renovation of the Waterville Opera House and the restoration and renovation of the Gerald Hotel in Fairfield.

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