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Lansing Corridor Facade Program

The City of Lansing Façade Improvement Program provides targeted assistance for improving the appearance and structural conditions of building façades in highly visible and critical areas of the City.

Timeline

  • New program application will be open January 3, 2022 until March 1, 2022, at 5 p.m. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds have been committed.
  • Awarded projects must be completed and reimbursement receipts submitted by September 31, 2022.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • The program is directed at commercial, office and mixed-use buildings adjacent to main corridors and neighborhood nodes within the City of Lansing.
  • Property owners and tenants are eligible to apply, but if a tenant applies the building owner must support the improvements in writing.
  • Eligible activities are for a building façade only but may include windows, signage, lighting, and improvements to create barrier free and accessible entryways as part of the overall façade improvement.
  • No activity will be eligible that is separate from an overall façade. For instance, landscaping/ streetscaping and light poles are not eligible.
  • All improvements must be fixed/permanent.
  • Previous façade improvements and unapproved work will not be funded.
  • Applicants must match at least 50% of requested grant funds.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Grant Levels

The Façade Improvement Program offers three types of flexible grant awards. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis.

Transformational Improvement Award - $20,000 maximum

For transformational façade projects grant funds will provide a match of 50% of the total project cost up to a maximum $20,000 grant award. This award is for façade projects involving substantial restoration, rehabilitation, or replacement and amount awarded will ultimately be decided by the design committee.

Must include a combination of eligible items from “Aesthetic & Maintenance Improvements” along with one or more of the following items:

  • Structural Improvements to façade
  • Removal/replacement of inappropriate or incompatible exterior finishes or materials
  • Door/window/storefront system/trim replacement or repair
  • Brick/stone/masonry

Aesthetic and Maintenance Award – $10,000 maximum

For aesthetic and maintenance façade projects grant funds will provide a match of 50% of the total project cost up to a maximum $10,000 award. 

Must include a compelling combination of at least two of the following items: 

  • Signage and/or awning replacements or improvements 
  • ADA compliance improvements 
  • Masonry repairs or cleaning, cornice repair 
  • Exterior painting and stucco 
  • Repair/replacement of gutters and down spouts 
  • Window and door repair or replacement 
  • Building exterior cleaning, and exterior painting 

Design Program Award – Up to $2,000

For development of renderings/ façade designs and material specifications to assist with the application of a matching grant award. Up to a $2,000 award value per applicant (total of $10,000 available in this category). A 25% match is required by the façade applicant and the payment will directly go to the architect(s). Further architectural/engineering costs related to the façade that are beyond the award value are the responsibility of the applicant, but may be approved as match for a future grant award. Pre-application form and letter of commitment to façade improvement are required. Applications for these funds are considered on a case by case basis.

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