Façade Improvement Program
• Facade Program Application
• Program Specifications
• Contractor Prequalification
The Façade Improvement Program, administered by the Economic Development Division of the Development Services Department, is the City of Hartford's primary commercial renovation program. The goal of the Program is to improve the storefronts of businesses on various neighborhood commercial streets and provide the impetus for further investment on these thoroughfares.
Property owners and the City of Hartford, work together to improve the appearance of existing businesses. Façade improvement adds to the beautification of the neighborhood, and may even increase patronage.
Approximately two hundred (200) buildings have undergone façade improvements, making a remarkable visual impact upon the streets where they are located. This effort has involved over two dozen contractors, many of which are Hartford-based and minority owned. In addition to the lead contractors, numerous sub-contractors and trades have also been involved, providing employment to approximately 400 workers.
How The Program Works
Under an agreement with the City, property owners assume 10% of the architectural and construction costs and must submit a Certified Bank check at time of closing. The City assumes the balance of the architectural and construction costs, which is 90%. Pertaining to the city's portion of costs (i.e., 90%), property owners are given a ten-year loan to make exterior façade improvements to their buildings. These loans are forgiven at the rate of ten (10) percent per year. The loan becomes a grant if the owner remains in the property for the entire ten-year period. Architectural services are provided by the City, however, the owner must pay for this service in advance. This architectural fee payment will then be applied to the owners 10% share at the time of the closing. By utilizing the City architect this will ensure that the façade improvements are functional and compatible with surrounding structures.
Eligible Rehabilitation Activities
The types of activities which usually are done, including some of the following:
Minor Masonry Work
Storefront and Doors
Awning - Metal or Fabric
The Facade Improvement Program has helped several businesses around Hartford improve their appearances.
For more information regarding the Facade Improvements Program, please contact:
Don Chapman, Director
City of Hartford Development Services Department
Community & Small Business Development
250 Constitution Plaza, 4th Floor
Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1882
250 Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103
Office Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm