DTSB is privileged to announce the recipients of the 2015 Exterior Enhancement Grant. This competitive grant process encourages property and business owners to renovate or restore building facades and adjacent streetscapes in downtown South Bend for an overall improvement to the pedestrian landscape. A total of $49,500 of grant money was awarded to 5 recipients leveraging over $100,000 in exterior improvements.
Tapastrie (103 W. Colfax) – Tapastrie will be upgrading their awnings and adding exterior doors. They will also be enhancing their outdoor sidewalk café with new fencing, furniture, and planters.
Edward Jones (431 S. Main St.) – Edward Jones will be adding awnings to their building.
Great Lakes Capital (112 W. Jefferson Blvd.) – Great Lakes Capital will be building an outdoor patio for The Exchange Whiskey Bar to enhance the customer experience.
Buccellato Design (526 E. LaSalle Ave.) – This architecture/interiors firm just relocated into the 1920’s LaSalle State Bank Building. They will be using the grant money to continue their renovation and restoration of the building.
Flamingo’s (425 S. Main St.) – Flamingo’s will be adding new awnings and paint, and upgrading their outdoor patio.
Jill Scicchitano, DTSB Director of Business Engagement expresses, “We are thrilled to be working with this year’s grant recipients. The scope of enhancements will be a remarkable benefit to not only these businesses, but to the downtown community as well. We’re excited to see the progression of the enhancements and completed projects.”
The exterior enhancement grant is offered on an annual basis. Applications are reviewed by a five person committee who evaluate the projects proposed. Applicants provide a full application highlighting a detailed scope of proposed enhancements and present their plans to the committee and answer any questions about the details of the proposal. The grant is structured as a rebate program under which grant awardees are reimbursed 50% of the total amount spent on the qualifying portion of the project. For more information about grants available through DTSB, please click here.