State funding will aid Oil City facade project

From staff reports

Oil City’s facade improvement program received a boost Monday when the state announced $50,000 will go toward the project.

The project is designed to enhance storefronts, expand potential for job retention and creation, increase pride in the community and enrich the overall viability of the business corridor for up to 10 properties, according to a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office.

The project, which is a collaborative effort with Oil City Main Street program, was among 42 community revitalization projects across the state that will benefit from $5 million in funding, the release said.

“These projects will better the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians through infrastructure, beautification and quality of life improvements in cities and towns across Pennsylvania,” Wolf said.

“These projects complement the priorities set forth by the administration to improve infrastructure and communities across the commonwealth.”

A little history

The newest round of funding marks the third time the city’s Main Street program has received grants for facade improvements.

In the first two rounds of funding, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Main Street Program helped 47 storefront improvement projects.

That was done over a period from 2012 to 2017 and helped pump a total of $287,000 into those improvements.

The funding incentive covers signage, awnings/canopies, windows, doors, exterior lighting, exterior cleaning/painting, masonry/woodwork/metal architectural finishes and professional design. An applicant may be a property owner or a tenant leasing space.

The grant is a 50/50 matching amount that can provide up to $5,000 per applicant.