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Posted on: July 22, 2020

City Provides First Storefront Improvement Grants To Four Local Businesses

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Today, the City of Norwalk announced the first round of Storefront Improvement Program grants awarded through its Small Business and Main Street Program. The Program launched in October 2019 to help support local businesses and enhance quality of life across the city. The Storefront Improvement Program encourages businesses and property owners within commercial corridors to improve the front exterior of their commercial properties. A total of $50,000 was allocated to the Storefront Improvement Program, and four approved projects total approximately $24,000.

“These projects help improve the look of the buildings and businesses. It’s my hope these grants will attract more shoppers and help with economic performance,” said Mayor Rilling. “When we launched this program last fall we had no idea COVID-19 would wreak havoc on virtually every aspect of our lives. I am proud we have been able to keep our commitment to funding this important program. I encourage more businesses to apply and take advantage of the grant funds we have made available.”

Below are the list of companies receiving the first round of grants:

  • Harmony of the Mind, Body, and Soul received $10,000 to replace windows on the historic commercial building located at 104 East Ave.
  • Hair Tech Beauty Academy received $10,000 for façade improvements, including planters, benches, and new windows and trim, for the building at 6 Woodward Ave.
  • Firdaus Fashions received $1,925 for the creation and installation of new signage for the building located at 247 Connecticut Ave.
  • 64 Wall Street Office Lofts received $2,072 for new exterior up-lighting and wiring for the building located at 64 Wall St.

“As a member of the Wall Street Neighborhood Association, we are encouraged about the City of Norwalk’s storefront improvement program. We look forward to more programs like this, and the great street improvements planned for the neighborhood,” said Nancy McGuire, president of the Austin McGuire Company in Norwalk. 

The City is providing a 100% match for projects up to $10,000. It is a first come, first serve program, as funds are limited, and projects must meet certain requirements. Seating improvements, lighting, windows, and restoration projects all qualify.

There is still roughly $26,000 available in Storefront Improvement Program grants. Interested businesses are encouraged to contact Sabrina Church, Director of Business Development and Tourism at SChurch@norwalkct.org or visit norwalkct.org/1880/Storefront-Improvement-Program for more program details and to apply.

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