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Lansdale’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) presented their initial Façade Improvement Grant to Golden Scissors owner Rita Brown this morning. As she finished a haircut for a longtime client, she was presented a check for $5000 from EDC Chairwoman Carrie Hawkins Charlton.
“We’re so happy to have this opportunity. We are also happy that the Borough is helping improve the look of town,” Brown said as she posed for a photo outside her newly upgraded building. “This project is what the Borough’s Façade Improvement Grants were designed for,” Borough Manager John J. Ernst noted. “We hope Rita’s success opens doors for the program to other Borough businesses.”
The Façade Improvement Program awards up to fifty percent of expenses up to $10,000, or a maximum $5000 grant, to property and/or business owners. “The Economic Development Committee has a vision of a vibrant, visually appealing downtown and this program goes a long way to help offset the financial burden businesses bear when making improvements,” said EDC Chairwoman Carrie Hawkins Charlton. In addition to helping with funding, the program looks to stimulate private investment in the Borough while enhancing the visual appeal of businesses and the Borough as a whole.
Former EDC Chairman and current Code Enforcement liaison to the Façade Improvement Grant program Jason Van Dame was also on hand for the check presentation. “This program started as a way to encourage
investment in our business district and improvements in our downtown,” he said, “and now it has become a way for the Borough to facilitate relationships with our business community.” The EDC has received five applications for the program to date and approved grants for three businesses (Golden Scissors, Borneman Remodeling and Boardroom Spirits) and are currently reviewing two additional applications.
For a business owner who spends her days transforming clients, Brown certainly knows how to make an impact. With the addition of new exterior lighting, updated signage and a freshly stuccoed building, Golden Scissors shines on Main Street and the EDC and Lansdale Borough are pleased to assist in this transformation.