HUTTO, TEXAS - The City of Hutto is working with home and business owners to improve and revitalize the community’s Historic District.
The city’s Downtown Façade Improvement Grant Program is set to cover 50 percent of the renovation costs for businesses and home owners. They can use the money to get a new sign, paint or even a major restoration, given the improvements are visible from the street.
“This is an area where our building is really needing a face lift here, we had to cover it with a piece of wood so that water wouldn't seep through,” said Eriselda Johnson about her Hutto salon.
Johnson estimates the cost for new siding, ramp and sign would be around $15,000. The money could be hard for a small business to find, but she said the repairs are crucial.
“If the outside of the building is really just falling apart it’s going to take a little more effort to get people in through that door,” Johnson said.
“It's to really get businesses or residents interested in preserving their homes or businesses and improving them and really taking Hutto's old town to that different level,” said Helen Ramirez, director of development resources.
Senior Planner Wallis Meshier tells KVUE people have already started applying.
“It does encourage property owners, and business owners to invest in their properties and do projects they might not otherwise do,” Meshier said.
Downtown and Tourism Manager Kim McAuliffe tells KVUE’s Christy Millweard they want to invest in the city's future by attracting new businesses and tourists.
“We would love to have more retail, restaurants, entertainment venues,” she said.
To qualify, the business or home must be in the Historic District.
The improvements can range in new paint, a new sign, or repairs to siding or roofing.
The city will contribute up to the following amounts:
- Major Facade Restoration: up to $5,000
- New coat of paint: up to $2,500
- New signage: up to $750
Johnson was the first to turn in her application.
“It would be a huge help and it would allow us to get that work done a lot quicker than we had anticipated,” Johnson said.
Business and home owners have until Oct. 31 to apply. Go here for more information on the program and how to apply.
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