Business owners take advantage of façade grants

College Park Main Street offers businesses the opportunity to improve the appearance of their building through a Business Façade Grant. Eligible businesses must be located within the Edgewater Drive district, and improvements must be made to the exterior of the building that faces the street. Typical updates could include painting, new doors or windows, new signs or awnings and landscaping.

How does the program work? Businesses who are members of College Park Main Street can apply and receive up to $5,000 in matching funds; nonmembers can apply but receive up to $2,500.

Shakers American Café, 1308 Edgewater Dr., recently applied for the façade improvement grant and received money for a new awning. Greg Granda, owner of Shakers, described the whole process as easy and said that it took about six months to complete. In fact, Granda told the owners of Adair Custom [Dry] Cleaners next door about his experience; they now want to join Main Street and take advantage of the grant.

Grounding Roots, 710 W. Princeton St., is in the middle of the application process. They have been approved for the grant and are working with Fleet Farming and Green Garden Girls (of College Park), who are going to improve the green space behind the shop by building a pergola, garden space and seating area. Co-owner Amanda Stone also recommends the grant program to other businesses. Stone said, “It’s a great opportunity to better your space, help the community and obviously help your business all at once. It’s a win win for sure.”

For more information about the façade improvement program or to apply for the grant, please visit collegeparkmainstreet.com.

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