Board approves first façade grants for 2020


Gem Yoga, Philips Electric and Kahler Apartment buildings to be updated

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TIFFIN, OHIO – January 21, 2020 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Kahler Apartments, 210 S Washington St.; Gem Yoga and 3EC Development, 2 Sycamore St.; and Phillips Electric, 176 S. Washington St. These projects are the first approvals for the program in 2020.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant, amount to be determined, for residing, porch repairs and painting at Kahler Apartments; a $8,580.97 grant for 3EC Development to replace windows on the building; and $9,544.50 to replace the roof at Philips Electric. Combined, the projects total a $49,600.94 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program in 2019. The ABR approved grants for the owners of 14 buildings in Downtown Tiffin in 2019, for a total investment of $239,764.85.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “Even in its sixth year, the façade program is still providing a benefit to downtown property owners looking to invest in the City of Tiffin. I’m proud that council is continuing to support this important program.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 80 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.4 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program 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 (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

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