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Facade & Building Improvement Grant Program

Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) is pleased to offer 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, launched in 2019, assists 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.

2021 Application Program Resources

Please note that grant applications are due on August 5, 2021
Program Guidance
Eligibility Map
Grant Application and Budget Form

2021 Grant Workshop

Date: Thursday July 22, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Details: All interested grant applicants are required to attend this grant workshop. We will discuss the grant application process, design guidelines for proposed projects, and answer questions related to your project.
Important Documents: Workshop Slide Deck and FBIGP Memo

To watch a recording of the 2021 FBIGP Workshop, click here!

Thank you to our workshop sponsor!

Click here for NDFCU Handouts

Congratulations, 2021 Grantees!

CMGC is proud to announce the successful grantees of its Facade & Building Improvement Grant Program in downtown Waterville:

 197 Main Street – Sunset Realty Co.
 173 Main Street – Portland Pie Company
 119-123 Main Street – Roisin Enterprises, LLC
 115-117 Main Street – Costantino Enterprises, LLC
 80 Main Street – Day’s Jewelers
 70 Main Street – Holy Cannoli
 62 Main Street – L. Tardif Jeweler
 54 Main Street – SBS/Carbon Copy
 52 Main Street – Children’s Book Cellar
 48 Main Street – Incense & Peppermints
 36-44 Main Street – Focus LLC
 57 Main Street & 14-28 Common Street – MGH Realty Co., LLC
 5 Concourse East – Sidney H. Geller Trust
 31 Temple Street – REM
 14 Temple Street – Universal Bread

Which Local 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.
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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