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Dallas Facade Grant Program Expands

DALLAS -- A program meant to help business and building owners in the 800 and 900 blocks of Main Street spruce up the outside of their shops will now have a wider reach.The Dallas Urban Renewal Agency Board has budgeted $40,000 to assist owners with facade improvements along those two blocks in conjunction with the "streetscape" overhaul of sidewalks along that stretch of downtown now taking place.As much as $4,000 could be offered in a matching grant to owners wishing to improve their building facades.However, due to a lack of response from businesses on those blocks and interest from other Main Street shops, the program will now include the 500, 600 and 700 blocks of Main Street."Staff and elected officials have really pushed this program with the building owners and businesses, but unfortunately we have had no takers to date," wrote Jason Locke, Dallas community development director, in a staff memo to the board.Locke also requested $5,000 of the grant funding be set aside to pay for designing, creating and installing new projecting signs on businesses in the 800 and 900 block.The board approved both changes on Oct. 7.

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