HURA Makes First Facade Grant Award

Release Date: 
08/27/2014

The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency (HURA) approved a façade improvement grant worth up to $4,920 to the first applicant for a façade improvement grant Monday night.  The applicant, John Ballard, plans to spend $12,300 to upgrade the aesthetics of his law office at 125 SW Third Street.  The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency still has $42,000 available for façade improvement grants to award before July, 2015.  Those interested in applying for a façade improvement grant can find application materials at www.hermiston.or.us/ura.  Applications are being accepted throughout the year.

The HURA Façade Improvement Grant Program is intended to incentivize private investment, improve aesthetics, rehabilitate aging buildings, and encourage commercial development in Hermiston’s downtown.  The HURA plans to spend up to $500,000 on façade improvement grants over the next 20 years, and set aside $50,000 for grants this year.

Façade Grant applicants may receive matching funds of up to 50% of exterior improvement costs, up to a maximum grant of $10,000.  Applications are scored through a matrix system which determines how well each project meets the intended goals of the urban renewal agency.  Projects which most closely meet the goals will receive a larger grant.

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