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Posted on: September 30, 2019

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT & DDA OFFERING FAÇADE REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM TO DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES

The City of Douglas Community Development Department and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is offering a Façade Revolving Loan Program available through the Community Development Department.  The purpose of the Facade Revolving Loan Fund is to lend assistance to downtown properties by providing low interest loans for improving the visual image of the property in the hopes of creating commercial redevelopment, thus enhancing the downtown district.

Applicants must meet guidelines as set by the City of Douglas and the Design Review Board (if the property is within the Historic District boundaries).  Loan funds are for façade improvements only for the front or rear entrance of the property.  Prior to any work beginning, plans must be reviewed and approved by the City of Douglas and DDA.  Review of application will take place during regular DDA meetings (third Thursday of each month).  Once plans are reviewed and approved, applicant may proceed with financial arrangements, through their participating lending institution if applicable.  Commitment for funds will be for ONLY 90 Days.  If work has not begun within this time frame, loan commitment is considered void and a new application may be submitted at a later date.  The City of Douglas and DDA reserves the right to revoke commitment if project plans do not comply with plans and application submitted at the time of approval.  Receipts (for renovation work) must be presented before release of funds. 

The maximum loan is $1,500.00 per project.  Applications are available through the City of Douglas Community Development Office, located at the Ashley Slater House, 211 South Gaskin Avenue.  Applications will be accepted throughout the year and granted as loan funds are available to the City of Douglas.  For more information and all guidelines, please call (912) 383-0277 or email ghenderson@cityofdouglas.com.

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