Pittsburgh may be beautiful (trash-strewn hollers aside), but some of our facades could stand some love — a little soap and scrubbing, a little paint, maybe some patching, reattaching the metal awning, that sort of thing.
There’s help out there for small storefront shop owners through the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s “biz buzz” program
Now the Polish Hill Civic Association is initiating the Pivotal Streets Façade Renovation Grant Program for residential property owners to replace gutters, siding, windows and doors; paint trim or porches; for landscaping; to repair or replace sidewalks, steps or retaining walls, and to receive a bonus for energy efficiency improvements.
The program is open to all Polish Hill residential property owners who are ready to begin their projects. Applications are due by March 30. PHCA will announce the awards by April 30, 2013.
Each residential property owner in Polish Hill is eligible to apply for a matching grant of from $500 to $5,000 to renovate the street-facing side of his/her property. Awardees must contribute the project match amount and all amounts over the maximum $5,000 match.
Grant money will be provided after the work is completed.
The program is funded by the PNC Foundation and Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.
Illustration by Loysen + Kreuthmeier architects vcourtesy of the Polish Hill Civic Association