Facade Grant Awarded to Columbia

Columbia to Receive Facade Improvement Grant
Posted on 10/25/2019
Historic Downtown Columbia
Columbia is one of six communities that have been awarded a Commercial Façade Improvement Grant announced recently by Governor Bill Lee and Economic & Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. Of the $500,000 in grant dollars awarded to six communities, Columbia will receive a $100,000 grant to assist with improving commercial buildings in the historic downtown district. Other grantees on the list for 2019 are Brownsville, Gainesboro, Pulaski, Selmer, and Sevierville. Each of these cities is recognized as either an accredited Tennessee Downtown or Tennessee Main Street Community.
“The City looks forward to assisting downtown business and property owners  in making high impact, long-term investments in Columbia’s downtown historic commercial district,” stated Columbia Mayor Chaz Molder. “We are grateful for our state partners who have once again made an important investment in our city, an investment which will lead to the ongoing preservation of some of Columbia’s most historic structures, and the ongoing vitality of our downtown commercial district.” 
The Commercial Façade Improvement Grant requires a 25 percent match by each property owner who wishes to take advantage of the opportunity for new awnings, windows, doors, signs, paint, brick repair, and other improvements.

According to Assistant City Manager Thad Jablonski, “the City is currently working to refine and finalize the grant program application process. Once we are ready to begin evaluating requests for funding from downtown businesses, we will begin by hosting a public informational session. The City will continue working closely with our partners in Columbia Main Street and the South Central Tennessee Development District,” according to Jablonski. “We feel it is key that our downtown stakeholders have the most up-to-date information on this transformative opportunity”.