Another Make-Over Completed

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January 14, 2013

NEWBERRY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP ELM STREET FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

If you cross the West Fourth Street Bridge into Newberry and glance to your right, you can’t miss the most recent façade improvement at 1926/1928. The transformation was made possible by a grant of $4574.00 from the NCP Elm Street Improvement Program* that was matched by property owner Frank McMahon who selected contractor Elijah, LLC through a bidding process.

The scope of work included a new porch deck, porch balustrade; porch posts, lattice, steps, 9 vinyl replacement windows and painting. Frank said, “The grant opportunity inspired me to invest in re-siding the entire house. I want to set an example for property owners to invest in our community.”

The NCP is applying for additional funds to continue the facade improvement program. The grant guidelines are as follows:

Grant Guidelines
For an owner occupied home, an Elm Street Façade Grant provides up to 50% of a project cost, up to $5,000 per property. A private match of 50% is required if your household income is above 115% of our area median income. Only a 10% private match is required if your household income is at or below 115% of the area median income. In cases of extreme hardship, property owners may perform volunteer or community service work to meet the 10% of the project cost requirement. A relative, community group, or church may perform volunteer work on behalf of the property owner if the property owner is unable to perform work due to health concerns or physical limitations.Owners of commercial properties must pay 50% of the total project cost. Façade grants are available to property owners, so if you are a tenant in a rental property, please contact your landlord about this opportunity. For more information or application call 570-601-0298.

*The project was financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of PA, Department of Community & Economic Development and The City of Williamsport Federal and Community Block Grant working in association with the Newberry Community Partnership.

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