Elkin’s Main Street Advisory Board’s façade grants for 2012 have been completed, and there is a fresh look to some of the businesses that reside in older, historical buildings.
The MSAB offers downtown businesses opportunities to improve the exteriors of their buildings to help the image of Elkin’s downtown Historical District. Each spring, downtown businesses are encouraged to apply for the façade grant, which helps toward a portion of their expenses. Options can include fresh paint on the buildings, new windows or doors, awnings, or almost anything permanent that improves the exterior of the building.
Elkin Antiques and Collectibles Mall on South Bridge Street improved the location by bringing back the brick façade to its original condition, carefully removing old paint on the bricks. The business also improved the parking lot, fencing and signage.
The Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity on Market Street improved the front of the building by replacing the old awnings with new, crisp, blue ones.
Kennedy Auto on East Main Street gave the signage an updated look by removing the metal awning, pressure cleaning and painting on the front of the building, replacing floor and carpeting at the store front window and fixing tile that had become loose.
Foot-Heels Shoe & Boot Repair cleaned the signage front and replaced old, rotting letters with new ones.
The return on the funding commitment this last round of $4,000 yielded more than $12,000 in improvements.
“The MSAB and I are excited to be able to roll out this program again next Spring,” Laura Gaylord, the Town of Elkin’s Main Street & Community Manager said. “The façade grants will also include opportunities for business owners to allow murals on the sides of their buildings. If you know of a talented muralist who might be interested in submitting a proposal, please contact me at 336-794-6469.”
The search is on, and applications will be accepted in early Spring 2013.
Gaylord stated, “We are trying to do all we can to improve the facades with contributed funds. To sustain this program we will need to find a community foundation or business sponsor to potentially match the funds we contribute. I am looking forward to talking to any visionaries interested in being a part of downtown Elkin’s revitalization, whether it be to renovate, or contribute to the fund.”