West Broadway Façade Improvement ProgramThe West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) was awarded grants from the McKnight Foundation to provide matching funds to enhance properties along the West Broadway Corridor with artist-designed façade improvements. You may be eligible to receive up to $22,500 in matching grants per storefront to put towards facade improvements along West Broadway.These improvements are intended to create a place that is both distinctive and inviting. Bright colors, unique three-dimensional shapes and the use of historic contemporary expressive language are proposed to be threads of design connectivity in an environment infused with artist designed elements. Our hope is for West Broadway to ultimately be branded as an "Arts Street."
Purpose Of ProgramThe primary objective of the West Broadway Arts Façade Improvement program is to infuse art into the increasingly dynamic visual environment of West Broadway. Secondary objectives include providing an additional incentive for businesses and property owners to improve their building facades and creating opportunities for local artists to impact their own community.
EligibilityAny existing business (with property owner’s approval) and/or commercial building owner whose building are located on West Broadway between 26th Avenue to the west and the River to the east and the one block contiguous (East and West) to West Broadway are eligible to apply.
For more information, contact Rob Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-353-5178.
Official program guidelines can be found HERE
First opened in 1894, the historic North Branch Library is Minnesota’s oldest standing library building. After and extensive rehabilitation including a Facade Improvement Grant to install new windows, the Emerge Career and Technology Center will again serve North Minneapolis, this time as a hub for training, youth programs, and technology education.
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J & H Furniture has completed repairs using facade improvement funds on their building after suffering tornado damage from the storm that ravaged North Minneapolis a few years ago.