ABR Approved for Grants for Two Downtown Properties


Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved two Façade Enhancement Grants for buildings located at 71 E Market St., and 273 S Washington St.

The ABR approved a grant of $10,000 for storefront restoration for work at JVC Properties located at 71 E Market St. property, and a $10,000 grant for masonry repair, soffit, facia, gutter, and downspout work at CXP Properties located at 273 S Washington St.

Combined, these projects total nearly $44,000 in investment in Downtown Tiffin. This year, the ABR approved grants for the owners of 10 buildings in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of nearly $212,000.

Bennett Paulus with JVC Properties said: “I am very happy the city continues to support the Façade Enhancement Program. The restoration of our downtown properties is costly, and this program continues to provide an opportunity for affordable investment which in turn increases the available leasable space for new and expanding businesses.”  

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 112 projects have been approved for the restoration of Tiffin’s historic, downtown properties.

About the Façade Enhancement Program

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.tiffinseneca.org (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program.

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