Facade Enhancement Program

Final Façade Enhancement Grants of 2017 approved

Funds exhausted in record time

2014_04_15 - Bears DenTIFFIN, OHIO – April 18, 2017 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved two Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown building improvements, depleting the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2017. The projects were awarded a combined total of $12,754, for a total reinvestment in downtown Tiffin of $50,800, bringing the total investment for 2017 façade grants to $266,000.

The Bear’s Den, located at 60-68 E. Perry St., received approval for a $10,000 grant. The $21,000 project is to include replacement of second floor windows and first floor doors, balcony and tile repairs, painting, and the addition of exterior lighting.

The building at 92 S. Washington St. was the final Façade Enhancement approval of 2017 and received the remainder of the city funds. A grant was approved in the amount of $2,754 for a nearly $30,000 roof repair project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased with the continued success of the city funded Façade Enhancement Grant Program. “It has been another record year for the façade program,” he said. “We have had 17 projects approved this year, the most since the program began in 2014, and all of the allotted funds were used within just four months.”

Since the Façade Enhancement Program began, 54 projects have been approved for funding and $1.4 million invested in downtown buildings.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves two Façade Enhancement Grants

Projects total nearly $80,000 in downtown investment

20170321_131351TIFFIN, OHIO – April 4, 2017 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved two Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown building improvements. The projects were awarded a combined total of $20,000, for a total reinvestment in downtown Tiffin of $78,000, leaving $23,000 available of the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2017.

The largest project is the façade of 130 S. Washington St. (the former Sports Cuts building), which will be restored to its 1941 look. Work will include removing the brick work added in 1979 and rebuilding the 1941 storefront, including front windows. Second and third floor windows will also be replaced. The total project cost is estimated at $46,000.

In the same block, 144 S. Washington St. (the Bookmyer building), will be receiving a $32,000 update. The aluminum facing on the front of the building will be removed and the previous look of the building will be restored, including the original concrete columns and storefront windows.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see so many building owners downtown planning restoration projects. “The atmosphere of improvement downtown is contagious,” he said. “The Façade Enhancement Program is helping us transform the downtown.”

Last month, 135 S. Washington St. (Cabin Creations) received a $6,800 grant for a $13,600 roof and chimney repair project, bringing the remaining total of funds for 2017 to $23,000.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves two Façade Enhancement Grants

$40,000 remains in city fund for 2017

Elks LodgeTIFFIN, OHIO – March 7, 2017 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved two Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown building improvements. The projects were awarded a combined total of $5,337, for a total reinvestment in downtown Tiffin of $10,675, leaving close to $40,000 available of the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2017.

The Tiffin Elks Lodge, located at 106 E. Perry St., will be replacing the third floor windows to match the second floor, and repairing stucco. This is the third grant the building has received, one for each year of the program. “Being able to apply for Façade Grant funding each year has allowed us to make a strategic plan for building repairs,” Elks Exalted Ruler Joe Steinmetz said. “It also eases some of the burden of maintaining the building.”

Phat Cakes Exterior 2The Phat Cakes building, located at 45 S. Washington St. will also be undergoing some window repair. It was approved for a grant including the replacement and repair of wood trim and flashing around the front windows, as well as roof, gutter and shingle repair.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased to see the grant is being used both by repeat applicants and newcomers. “One of today’s approvals shows how the grant has fostered continuous improvements to our downtown buildings, and the other shows that there are still building owners taking advantage of the grant for the first time,” he said.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves five Façade Enhancement Grants

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147 Madison Street

Total of ten grants approved in 2017

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 8, 2017 – Yesterday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved five Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown building improvements. The projects were awarded a combined total of $23,274 , for a total reinvestment in downtown Tiffin of $46,550, leaving $45,800 available of the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2017.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz urges interested building owners to submit their 2017 applications quickly. “We depleted the city Façade Grant funds in six months last year,” he said. “At this rate, it is likely we will go through the 2017 funds even faster.”

The former Crystal Traditions building at 147 Madison Street was approved for a $9,000 grant for a $18,100 project. Improvements include the replacement of storefront windows, man doors and a garage door, as well roof repairs.

The Hank and Associates building at 137 S. Washington Street was approved for a grant of $2,250 for a $4,500 project. Improvements include exterior painting and new signage.

The buildings as 187 and189 South Washington Street received separate approvals for window replacement projects for a combined grant total of $6,000 toward nearly $15,000 in exterior renovations.

Lastly, 91-95 East Perry Street received a $5,950 grant approval for a $11,900 roof repair and painting project.

The Façade Enhancement Program was established in September of 2014. At the end of 2016, the City of Tiffin had invested $250,000 in 38 projects, for a total reinvestment in downtown revitalization of nearly $1.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com, search “Façade Enhancement”)

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

First Façade Grants of 2017 approved

ABR approves grants for five downtown buildings

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33 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 17, 2017 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved five Façade Enhancement Grants, the first grants approved in 2017. The projects were awarded a combined total of $30,850, for a total reinvestment in downtown Tiffin of $65,500.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the program is off to a strong start. “Last year was amazing! We ran out of funds halfway through 2016,” he said. “We are in our third year of the program and it is more in demand than ever; the momentum just keeps building.”

Three buildings were awarded grant funds for roofing projects: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 25-27 S. Washington St., and 29-31 S. Washington St. Additionally, 132-134 S. Washington St. (Viewpoint Graphics) was approved for a brick tuck-pointing and overall façade painting project, and 33 S. Washington St. was approved for replacement windows.

The building at 33 S. Washington St. will be the first to take advantage of the “façade return” allowance approved in May 2016. Building owner Ned Behm appreciated the ABR including the unique situation. “I received grant funding for the front of my building in 2015, but it didn’t take into account the windows that were a part of the overal ‘façade’ but not technically facing the street,” he said. “I am pleased that program was amended to accommodate my building as well as the other buildings downtown with the same issue.”

The Façade Enhancement Program was established in September of 2014. At the end of 2016, the City of Tiffin had invested $250,000 in 38 projects, for a total reinvestment in downtown revitalization of nearly $1.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program

This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com, search “Façade Enhancement”)

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program: A step-by-step guide

The downtown Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program was launched in 2014 to spur downtown revitalization by providing financial assistance for outside, street-facing building repairs. Eligible projects can receive a reimbursement of up to $10,000 in matching funds. Below is a step-by-step guide to the program.

Application process

The building owner should meet with SIEDC’s Downtown Main Street Manager, Amy Reinhart, to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. The application needs to be submitted and approved before any work has begun.

The building owner must include the following upon submission of their application:

  • Façade Enhancement Application
  • Architectural Board of Review Application  (See ABR Guidelines)
  • W9 form for City to open purchase order.
  • A minimum of two quotes from contractors on the work to be performed (if project is over $3,000 total).
  • Pictures of existing conditions.
  • Pictures or catalog cuts for the items to be purchased (awnings, doors, windows, etc.). If window replacement is recommended, a catalog cut along with dimensioned drawings of the window to be installed are required.  This will include the size of the window, any muntin bars as well as the depth and height of the frame around the window and at any corners where the windows connect.
  • If painting, the historic paint colors must be used. Please provide color samples from the historic line.  This can come from any paint company that provides a historic line, but Sherwin Williams and Ace Hardware do provide a paint discount for any building owner who receives façade approval.
  • A detailed description of the project

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Due to the first come first serve nature of the funding, incomplete applications will not be accepted.  When the funds run out, the program ends for the calendar year.  When determining the City budget, Council will determine if funding will be renewed for the following year.

Once the application and all above mentioned items are compiled, they should be brought to the Main Street Manager.  She will review the applications for completeness and determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed prior to submission of the application to the City.  She will work with the Chair of the Architectural Board of Review and the City Engineer’s office to determine if any additional items need to be addressed.

Once the application is reviewed and deemed complete and without any issues, the Main Street Manager will submit the application and attachments to the City to be added to the Architectural Board of Review Agenda.

Architectural Board of Review meetings take place the first and third Tuesday of each month at 3:30 in City Hall.  The owner or a representative must be present at the meeting to answer any questions that may come from the application.  The number of applications reviewed at the meeting is determined by the Chair due to the intensity of the application reviews.  To be considered for the upcoming meeting, all information must be turned in one week prior to the meeting, so proper distribution of materials can take place for Board members.  Additionally, the meeting agenda must be listed in the newspaper as it is required for all public meetings.

Beginning the project

Once the Architectural Board of Review has approved the application, work may begin on the project.  The owner will receive the certificate of appropriateness in the mail following the approval.

If any part of the project changes at any time during the work, the owner must contact the Main Street Manager for a change form.  The changes must be approved by the Architectural Board of Review, as this is a change to a contract that the owner entered into when receiving approval from the City for the funds.

Completing the project

The owner has until December of the following calendar year to complete the work.  For example: if a project is approved in March of 2016, the owner will have until December of 2017 to complete the work.  If the owner is approved in December of 2016, the work must be completed by December of 2017.

Once the work is complete, the owner will submit paid receipts from the contractor to the Main Street Manager.  The manager will complete the final inspection forms and submit those to the City Finance Director and City Engineer’s office along with the paid receipts.  The City Engineer will complete the inspection and sign off.  He will then send it to the City Finance Director who will complete the check and send it to the owner.  The check will be made out to the name on the W9 form only.

For examples of projects that have received grant funding, click here.

For all questions and guidance through the process contact:

Amy Reinhart
Downtown Main Street Manager, SIEDC
419.619.5517
reinhart@senecacounty.org
M-Th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Downtown Facade Enhancement Grant Program: 2014-Present

The downtown Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program was launched in 2014 to spur downtown revitalization by providing financial assistance for outside, street-facing building repairs. Eligible projects can receive a reimbursement of up to $10,000 in matching funds. Since its inception, the City of Tiffin has invested $250,000 in 37 projects, for a total reinvestment in downtown revitalization of nearly $1.2 million.

Here is a recap of the program’s impact, by year, from 2014 to the end of 2016:

2014

The City of Tiffin set aside $50,000 for the Facade Enhancement Grant program. Ten projects were approved, for a total investment of $110,000. View 2014 project list.

2015

Following the successful launch of the program, the city set aside $100,000 for Facade Enhancement in 2015. There were 16 grant approvals, resulting in a $700,000 investment in downtown Tiffin. View 2015 project list.

2016

In 2016, the Facade Enhancement Program was in high demand. The city once again set aside $100,000 for the grant program, and the funds were exhausted halfway through the year. Eleven projects were approved for grant funding, totaling $323,000 in downtown reinvestment. View 2016 project list.

2017

In 2017, the city allotted another $100,000 to the Facade Enhance Program with record results. Just four months into the year, the funds were depleted on 16 projects totaling a $266,000 investment. View 2017 project list.

The program is a first-come, first-serve reimbursement grant program for exterior improvements to buildings in the downtown historic district. It will provide a 50% match up to $10,000 per project for eligible exterior improvements. In order to qualify, a property goes through the standard Architectural Board of Review (ABR) Process using the current ABR Guidelines. During the initial Discussion phase, Downtown Development Coordinator Amy Reinhart will determine if Facade Enhancement funding is still available and if the project qualifies. She will then guide the business through the process.

Please see the Program Guidelines for all the rules and regulations and/or contact Amy Reinhart (419.619.5517, reinhart@senecacounty.org) with any questions you may have.

A step-by-step guide can be found here.

Tiffin awarded $450,000 in community development grants

Funds to be used to improve streetscape and expand façade program

cbdgTIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2016 – The City of Tiffin is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a total of $450,000 in allocation and competitive funding towards downtown revitalization. More than 69 communities across the state applied for the competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and Tiffin was one of 37 selected. A total of $11.6 million is being awarded this year statewide.

About half of the funds will be used to revitalize the streetscape on East Market Street between Jefferson Street and Rock Creek, connecting the historic downtown district with the new streetscape project between Heidelberg and Rock Creek, scheduled for 2018. The City of Tiffin was awarded $650,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for that project on both Perry and Market Streets. The improvements will include new curbs and gutters, sidewalks, decorative lighting, benches, and decorative trash receptacles. This project will complement the new East Commons greenspace park currently under development and fits with the new Downtown Development Plan finished this year.

The remainder of the grant funding will be used to launch an expanded Façade Enhancement Program reaching a larger area of downtown Tiffin not currently covered by the existing program. Building owners would be eligible to receive matching funds for half of exterior improvement costs, up to $15,000. Established in 2014, the original Façade Enhancement Program has been a huge success, resulting in almost $1.2 million in new investment among 38 projects. The program expansion is expected to launch yet this year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is very pleased with the state’s award. “It is great to see the City’s investment in planning and downtown revitalization continuing to pay dividends. I feel this award is a recognition of City Council’s and this administration’s continued commitment to strategic investment in our downtown. I am very excited to see both an expansion of the façade program and the finishing of the East Market Street streetscape. The momentum continues.”

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

Two downtown buildings awarded Façade Enhancement Grants

More than $95,000 to be invested

Gold BondTIFFIN, OHIO – March 15, 2016 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved Façade Enhancement Grants for The Lofts on Washington (Gold Bond Apartments) at 154 S. Washington St. and the building at 140 S. Washington St. The combined total investment of both projects is estimated at $95,659.

The loft apartments in the Gold Bond building will be having new windows installed. The more than $75,000 project will be offset by a $10,000 Façade Enhancement Grant. The owners of the building site lower utility usage and a cost savings to residents as reasons for the improvements.KeBolt Exterior

The building at 140 S. Washington St. will receive a $9,900 grant for their window replacement project. The windows to be installed will match the windows already in place at 144 S. Washington St., helping to create a consistent design in that city block.

Over the past several months, Weston Reinbolt has been renovating the buildings at 140 and 142 S. Washington St. “One of the great things about the Façade Enhancement Grant is that it is not a one-time deal,” Reinbolt said. “You can apply for a grant for the same building each year; it really encourages downtown building owners to keep improving their properties and take on new projects.”

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Two downtown Tiffin businesses receive façade grants

Total investment with the innovative program exceeds $675,000 in first year

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ABR discusses Soni Junction project

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 1, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Select Realty Group and Soni Junction. The two projects represent more than $200,000 in investment, increasing the number of projects approved to 24 and the total amount of investment to almost $700,000.

The first project approved is a demolition and complete new construction of the Soni Junction gas station and convenience store on the south side, at 260 S. Washington St. The exciting project will place a new structure with a beautiful brick façade on the front, to complement the surrounding historic buildings. The owners purchased the property in 2008 and with the $10,000 grant, they now plan to invest more than $200,000 at the site.

The second project approved is improvements for the new Select Realty location at 23 S. Washington. The company plans restoring the exterior of the building, including scraping, repairing, and painting the front exterior, two front doors and the metal roof; masonry repair; tuck pointing; and new signage. Select Realty Partner Sara Riesen praised the program, saying “We are excited to have invested in downtown. The grant money is a great way to help offset the costs of the repairs we need to do to enhance the building. We are very appreciative.” The building formerly housed Edward Jones Investments and the Bennett Law Firm. It was purchased in June for around $100,000.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased with the momentum of the Façade Enhancement Program. “Since we created the program last September, 24 projects have been approved, for a total investment of more than $675,000, more than $500,000 of that in 2015 alone. The program is only going to get bigger and I can’t wait to see what else it will accomplish.”

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.