Downtown Middletown building owners could get help to improve their look

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The April 2 deadline for the first round of the Downtown Middletown Inc. facade grant program is nearing for building owners to apply.

The program assists building owners in making design changes at commercial properties in downtown Middletown. Downtown Middletown, Inc. in collaboration with the city of Middletown, will offer technical and financial assistance to commercial property owners seeking to renovate or restore the exterior of their buildings.

According to Jeff Payne, DMI executive director, grant assistance is limited by the amount available to Downtown Middletown, Inc., and an applicant may apply for only one grant annually per building.

Applications also need to be approved by the Middletown Historic Commission that meets on Thursday before being submitted to DMI.

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Hard copy applications approved by the city Historic Commission are due April 2 to the DMI Office at 1050 Central Ave., second floor, to the attention of the DMI executive director.

On April 11, the DMI Design Committee will review all submitted applications. Grant awards will be announced by DMI on April 16.

Applications for the program are available on the DMI website: www.downtownmiddletown.org or by requesting via email at jeff@downtownmiddletown.org or by contacting the Downtown Middletown Inc. office located at 1050 Central Ave.