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Posted on: January 22, 2024

Property owners may be eligible for 23rd Street Beautification Grant funds

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As a reminder, the City of Columbus has brought back its 23rd Street Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program to assist property owners along the 23rd Street Corridor Redevelopment Area.

The purpose of the program is to encourage and incentivize the enhancement and beautification of Area 6 located around the 23rd Street Corridor.

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(ABOUT THE PHOTO: Here is a map that shows the different blighted areas in Columbus. Area 6 is eligible for funds from the 23rd St. Beautification Grant.)

“We are hoping through this plan to encourage employment and economic development of the City, as well as for the redevelopment of the 23rd Street Corridor Area,” City Administrator Tara Vasicek said.

Landowners may undertake a redevelopment project according to program guidelines. Possible projects include exterior refurbishment of an existing structure, façade improvements and landscaping installation. These improvements range from repairing or troubleshooting faulty construction design or workmanship; installing, restoring, replacing or repairing awnings, windows, doors, cladding and architectural features; or the addition of landscape elements including trees, flowers and plants, outdoor benches or seating areas and outdoor lighting.

Last year, the program helped a business improve its outdoor patio and a homeowner replace the siding, doors and windows on his house to make it more energy efficient. But those are just a couple of examples.

The Community Development Agency will consider funding a project in a total amount of up to 50% of the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) eligible costs of the project, or up to $15,000 per project, whichever is less.

The application period for grants will run from until Jan. 31, 2024, with available funds being limited to the amount of incremental ad valorem real property taxes received in the prior year and allocated towards the Neighborhood Beautification Program.

All applications will be reviewed by the Community Development Agency and awardees will be notified.  All approved projects shall be completed within twelve (12) months of time after the award of the grant.  Grant funds will be distributed to the owner once the project is completed and eligible costs are certified by the City.

“It gives property owners a way to make improvements or to do upgrades to the outside of their facilities with assistance,” City Planning and Economic Development Coordinator Jean Van Iperen said.

For more information about this program, contact Van Iperen at 402-562-4273, or click here.

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