Facade Improvement Program

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Overview
The Facade Improvement Program was officially adopted by the City of Creedmoor Board of Commissioners on May 2, 2017 to incentivize private investment toward the improvement of non-residential downtown buildings.  Policy guidelines for the program were established with help of the planning board and the general public. 

For more information about the program, see below or click here to download the application packet.

Traditional Facade ComponentsElements of a Facade
What is a Facade?
A facade is defined as one vertical side of a building regardless of the number of stories. Each store front of a building can be considered an individual facade. The rear and/or side of a building may also be considered for a facade improvement grant, with priority given to the portion of the building visible from a public street.

Purpose of Facade Improvement Program
The Facade Improvement Program is a City of Creedmoor sponsored program intended to encourage private investment by reimbursing a portion of costs incurred to improve the visual aesthetic and provide an economic incentive for the:
  • Renovation, restoration, or reinvention of commercial building facades in the downtown area;
  • Implementation of appropriate design standards for the rehabilitation of Main Street district buildings; and
  • Preservation of the unique architectural and commercial character of Creedmoor.
Examples of Improvements
 
  • Removing of false fronts, aluminum panels, and metal siding or canopies
  • Paint removal or safe cleaning of brick and stone fronts
  • Repointing brick and mortar
  • Restoring glass storefronts to original architecture
  • Relocation of electrical service boxes from front of the building
  • Exterior lighting fixtures (if part of building facade)
  • Entryway improvements
  • Roof repair (if roof is part of building facade and visible from the street)
  • Canvas awning installation (no advertising allowed on awnings)
  • Structural facade repair
  • Whole facade painting
  • Demolition and labor (as part of a restoration project
  • Entrance door replacement (wood preferred)
Facade ClipArt
Who is Eligible?
 
  • Any property owner or tenant in a nonresidential building in the designated project area is eligible to apply. Government facilities and private residential dwellings are excluded from consideration.
  • Either the property owner or the tenant of a building may submit an application. Property owners and tenants may also apply jointly. In any case, only one grant may be awarded for each facade in a three-year period.
  • A tenant applicant must obtain the property owner’s written consent for a facade renovation and submit it with the application. A property owner should attach any provisions for renovation undertaken while a property is occupied.
  • The owners of any property for which an application is submitted must be up to date in their property tax payments on that property. There shall not be any outstanding code enforcement issues or zoning violations associated with the applicant business or property in question.
Excluded Activities
 
  • Routine Maintenance or repair on facade or roof
  • Architectural design or Engineering
  • Murals or other artwork
  • Street furniture (benches)
  • Landscaping and planter installations (not intended to be permanent additions)
  • Commercial signage of any type or style
  • Construction begun prior to approval of facade improvement grant
  • Any device, mechanism, or means specifically intended to grab attention or be noticed away from other facades
  • Interior improvements, window displays
  • Rental Assistance
  • Fire sprinkler installation/upgrades
Criteria  
  • All facade design proposals must meet applicable zoning requirements of the City of Creedmoor, meet applicable portions of the State Building Code, and comply with the Facade Improvement Program guidelines. All drawings/diagrams necessary for facade improvement grant approval must be included in the application package. Zoning compliance and/or building permit applications will follow, if necessary.
  • Only exterior facade renovations are eligible for consideration under the Facade Improvement Program. The costs of limited interior alterations such as display window showcase changes may be included only if they are a necessary and integral part of the facade design.
  • Phased renovation proposals of limited scope and costs spread over time are eligible subject to meeting guideline requirements and predetermined milestones.
  • Priority consideration will be given to proposals that make visible and significant design contributions, and which contribute to the program goal of preserving the architectural, historic, and commercial character of downtown Creedmoor.
  • A property does not have to be occupied at the time a facade grant application is submitted.
  • Colors, exterior finishes, and material choices all will impact the Planning Board’s decision-making process. Please include as many samples and support information as possible with your application.
Color Palette
When choosing an exterior paint scheme, please use one of the following palettes: Benjamin Moore’s Historical Colors, Lowe’s/National Trust for Historic Preservation colors or Sherwin Williams’ Exterior Preservation palette.
   
Funding
 
  • First come, first served basis.
  • Once the annual allocation is exhausted, applicants must wait until the beginning of the next fiscal year to apply. Applicants not approved during one funding cycle are not automatically rolled over into the next cycle. Each fiscal year’s allocation is distributed to awards granted for that fiscal year.
  • Successful applicants must wait three years after initial grant award before reapplying (phased renovations will be considered on a case-by-case basis). There is a maximum cap of $10,000 awarded to any single property address over a twenty-year period.
  • Facade Improvement Grants will reimburse up to 50% of eligible expenses with a minimum of $1,000 and maximum contribution from the City of $7,500. For example, a $4,000 facade improvement, if approved, would be eligible for a reimbursement of $2,000 from the City’s Facade Improvement Program.
  • Facade grants are paid only when the approved project is completed in accordance with the plans and specifications submitted with the proposal. A preliminary dollar amount of the grant is determined at the time of application.
  • The final award amount must be justified based on documentation of actual costs incurred. Permitting fees (if any) are reimbursable expenses.
  • A project that alters submitted plans without prior approval will be disqualified for payment. Designs not completed as approved may be disqualified.
Approval Process:
 
  • Applications are accepted year-round and are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Applications received on or before the third Friday in the month will be reviewed at the following month’s Planning Board meeting.
  • Applications must be submitted to the Community Development Building at 211 North Main Street. Following initial review by Planning Staff, the Planning Board will review applications and award or deny within 30 days of review.
  • All applicants’ design proposals must meet the building code requirements for the City of Creedmoor.
  • All applicants must provide itemized cost estimates of labor and materials with the application.
Post-Approval Steps:
 
  • Applicants, after approval, have up to four months to complete their projects.
  • If an applicant needs more time to start a project, he or she must provide a written statement with a reasonable justification for an extension.
  • Applicants will receive reimbursements once the projects are completed and approved by the Community Development Director or Building Inspector, if applicable. Copies of invoices for the completed work will need to be turned in to the Community Development Director so that appropriate funds can be allocated.
Contact  
Community Development Director
(919) 764-1016

 
 
 


 

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