NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Grant money is still available for businesses that wish to apply for the Ogden Avenue Site Improvement Grant Program that offers private property and business owners reimbursements to help pay for signage, landscaping, building façade and access improvements.
The City of Naperville will be accepting a second phase of applications beginning Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31 to award the estimated remaining $9,500 in grant money. The City first opened the program in August to interested businesses to award a total of $50,000 that has been allocated for grants for Fiscal Year 2012 – 2013.
The program is offered to owners and tenants of commercial property along Ogden Avenue between Washington Street and Naper Boulevard. Applications for the Ogden Avenue Site Improvement Grant, as well as other program information and requirements, are available online at www.naperville.il.us/ogdengrant.aspx. Printed copies of the application may also be obtained at the Development Services Counter of the Transportation, Engineering and Development Business Group located on the main floor of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012; however, the application process may close at any time if all funds are awarded before then.
The purpose of the grant program is to provide incentives to property owners and tenants for site improvements that will increase business profitability while creating an attractive shopping atmosphere for the community. Approved projects will entitle business owners to receive a funding grant for up to the maximum grant award, or 50 percent of the project cost, whichever is less. Maximum award eligibility depends on the scope and impact of the project, and all grants are reimbursed after construction is complete. Improvements can include a variety of projects such as awning and canopy replacements, exterior renovations, signage improvements, landscaping, parking lot reconstruction, access improvements and others.
Once submitted, the applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Ogden Avenue Oversight Advisory Committee and the Planning Services Team. A letter will be mailed to those individuals awarded grants.
For more information on the City of Naperville, visit www.naperville.il.us.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Find Naperville’s Original Pet Store, right there on the west side of the street along Ogden Ave., next to Quincey’s, another longtime independently-owned establishment, rich in local traditions.
Also, one block east of the Naperville/Wheaton Road sign on the north side at 1351 E.Ogden is Fair Oaks Ford. That’s where folks can drop off gently-used winter coats, hats and gloves all during the month of October for the Rotary Coat Drive in support of the area’s homeless veterans and Stand Down Day on Nov. 8.
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