Council OKs more facade-program funding

Published 6:50 pm Thursday, January 16, 2014

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, appropriated $10,090 to the city’s façade grant program.

The city had already allocated $10,000 for the program in the current fiscal year budget. The latest allocation, drawn for the city’s contingency fund, will allow the city to help pay for other façade improvements in the downtown area.

John Rodman, the city’s cultural and community services director,  requested the $10,090 be transferred from the city’s general fund to the façade fund.

Applications for funding received by the city (but not accompanied by receipts) and requested amounts include the following:

• Wash and Wag, Doug Mercer, Main Street, $1,750;

• Building behind Grub Brothers, Charles Phillips, $2,000;

• 129 N. Market St., Page family, $2,000;

• William Mayo (no building listed), $2,000;

• 109 Gladden St., Lisabeth Hoffman, $2,000;

• 112 S. Respess St., Keith Mason, $2,000.

The following 2013 façade projects have been paid:

• 100 E. Main St. and 103-109 N. Market St., Wayland Sermons;

• 141 N. Market St., Angie Shiflett;

• 225-227 W. Main St., Jim Fortescue;

• Williams & Associates.

The following projects have been completed and receipts turned in to the city:

• 121 N. Market St., Betty Stewart, $2,000;

• 117 N. Market St., Wayland Sermons, $2,000;

• 110 W. Second St., Hood Richardson, $1,556;

• 118 N. Market St., Ward Photography, $2,000.

In the past, the program provided funds to help replace awnings, replace windows, repoint bricks and make other aesthetic upgrades. This time around, the program will pay for roof repairs and landscaping, along with items it paid for in the past. Property owners/business owners apply for grants. Those applications are reviewed, and grant recipients are selected. Grant recipients are required to contribute money toward their projects.

The program, which began in fiscal year 1991-1992, awarded 143 grants totaling $256,660 through fiscal year 2007-2008, according to city records. The total cost of improvements made to the downtown properties during that period came to $1,164,784, according to city records. There were no grants awarded in fiscal year 2003-2004.
Initially, the city’s contributions to the program came from an annual principal-and-interest



About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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