Facade Improvement Program
What is the Warsaw Downtown Association’s
program offers up to $5,000 in matching funds and design assistance to
and business owners in the commercial district of the Village of Warsaw
improve the appearance of individual building facades, signs and
well as the overall look of downtown Warsaw.
The goal of this program
leverage private improvements while making revitalization efforts
creative and community-based.
Facade Improvement Program is administered by an appointed
administrator of the
Design Committee of
Committee is made up of
business and property owners and
residents, some of whom have design expertise and others who just want
improve the physical appearance of the community.
apply for funding?
building owner or store proprietor/tenant with lease authority or
from his/her owner can apply for funding. The project site must be
Warsaw’s Central Business District.
must have a minimum of two years remaining on their lease or an option
What is the deadline for submission of
Applications should be submitted to the program
administrator on or before May 26, 2005.
are the minimum grant awards?
Applicants must apply for a grant award that exceeds $2,000.
of improvements are eligible for funding?
(new, repairs, replacements, removal)
of inappropriate or incompatible exterior finishes
of extraneous elements
replacement or repair
for funding will be given to complete façade renovations.
See Tier System below.
any design guidelines?
must conform to the Warsaw Zoning Code (as may be amended) or obtain
must also meet the approval of the Warsaw Downtown Association’s Façade Improvement Program Design
according to its guidelines. Please
for the full guidelines.
Two tiers have been established for the May
2005 matching grant program. Tier One proposals will be given the
priority. Tier One proposals include a total facade improvement that
follow the renderings of In Site: Architecture. Façade
improvement proposals which express
the spirit of In Site:
Architecture’s design will be accepted and
Tier Two matching funds will be available
only if funds are available after
all Tier One improvement funds have been awarded.
buildings may not need a
complete facade renovation to be consistent with the continuity of
downtown architecture. Minor changes such as an awning or a sign or
door may be
all that is needed. In such case or
where the owner lacks the financial resources to complete a total
renovation, such owner or applicant may apply for Tier Two improvements.
Tier Two Improvements include signage,
lighting, new door installations and
No Harm. Tier
Two applicants who
do not propose a complete façade renovation but who wish to
secure funds for
Tier Two improvements such as awnings, signage, lighting, etc., must
they will not expend any money for
or future façade changes which are inconsistent with or contrary
to the Design Committee’s guidelines.
For example, the applicant must agree that he/she will
not install backlit or vinyl signs or use paint colors
not listed on the approved
historical color charts of national
How is the
is a matching grant program. This means that the applicant pays a
the improvement and the WDA
portion. The amount of the match must be at least 1:1—the applicant
pays $1 and
pays $1. However, there is a maximum
grant contribution by
the WDA of $5,000
completed prior to issuance of letter of
commitment is eligible for funding.
made before the actual grant program begins may be retroactively
improvements follow closely the Design Committee’s Guidelines and the
spirit of In
Site:Architectural drawing of the applicant’s building.
funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis and cannot be paid until
proposed project has been completed.
a check is cut, applicants will need to submit proof of payment for
must review the
completed project to determine
that the actual work performed was the work
the application process work?
applicants should meet with the program administrator and then complete
assistance will be provided free of charge by In-Site Architecture.
Each owner/ tenant will be provided a
The applicant may elect
to make an alternative design proposal, which proposal must be in the
the design rendered by In-Site: Architecture.
application has been reviewed,
applicants will be asked to provide additional information.
A full application includes color samples and
(Two bids are
On larger projects and at the
discretion of the committee, a third bid may be
for the application form.
Design Committee will review the application and will vote and deliver
its recommendation to the administrator by Thursday, June 16, 2005.
The Design Committe
will review an application
plan in the best light favorable to the applicant.
effort will be made to speed the process. Following review and approval
applicant will receive
a letter of commitment from the
for the specified amount
with information on any other requirements or stipulations agreed to by
the applicant and the committee.
The applicant can then proceed
necessary building permits if required.
will be released to the applicant upon completion, inspection and
of matching funds.
application is denied, a new application can be submitted during the
projects selected for funding?
will be reviewed and selected
based on its compatibility with the vision and goals of the
WDA’S Façade Improvement Program and its
on the district.
happens after a project is selected for funding?
selected for a matching grant must be completed within eight (8) months
the application, unless extended by the WDA’s Façade Design
forms are available from the
applicant is responsible for obtaining all building permits and any
required permits for the work to be done. The applicant is responsible
conformance with all applicable safety standards and conditions. The
also agrees to maintain the property and improvements for a period of
seven (7) years.
Downtown Association may promote an approved project including, but not
displaying a WDA
sign at the site,
during and after construction, and using
descriptions of the project in the WDA's facade improvement
Warsaw Downtown Association reserves
the right to make changes in the conditions of the Facade Improvement Program as warranted.