Board approves four façade grants for downtown businesses

Four façade enhancement grants were approved Tuesday by the Architectural Board of Review including roof repairs for three buildings in downtown Tiffin.

The owners had requested $5,743 to replace and repair exterior doors and for masonry repointing at 145-147 Madison St., and $3,962 for 25 E. Perry St., $7,512 for Bolte Real Estate, 23 S. Washington St., and $10,000 for Tong’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Inc., 40 E. Perry St., each for roof repairs.

With these projects, the total spent this year $56,743 of the available $100,000 in the façade grant fund for a total investment of $146,724. In April and March, the ABR approved two $10,000 grants to replace the roofs for Reclaim It, 127 S. Washington St., and the Renaissance of Tiffin, 129 S. Washington St., and in January, the board approved grants for 269 S. Washington St. and 27 Court St.

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, a building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 68 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.