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Grants available to fix up facades along Connective Corridor route

Select residential and business-owned buildings in Syracuse may be getting a face-lift when the Connective Corridor Fa ade Improvement Program launches this month.

The Fa ade Improvement Program provides funding assistance to properties located along the Connective Corridor route. The Empire State Development Corporation will provide the funding for the program.

Last June Syracuse Common Council voted to start the Fa ade Improvement Program along with installing a bike bodega and streetscape work of the West Fayette Street/West Street intersection.

Qualified applicants are those establishments located along the Connective Corridor route and those with at least one fa ade of the property facing the Connector and Civic Strip routes.

Once the application process for the Fa ade Improvement Program starts later this month Connective Corridor bus riders will have new sites to see.

Tenants and property owners are both welcome to apply, but tenants must have a current lease agreement and statement from the property owner allowing them to do construction on the building.

There is $625,000 available in funding for the program. A maximum of $25,000 will be awarded per property. The program will continue until all the funds are gone.

As a part of the application process all applicants have to submit a design component incorporating the Connective Corridor's distinct identity. There is a set of rules on how Connective Corridor colors, typography, and logos can be used.

Eligible property owners will be notified once applications are available at the end of this month.

The Connective Corridor was created to connect the Syracuse University community with the arts scene in downtown Syracuse and features a free bus provided by Centro that brings people from SU campus into the downtown arts area. Click here for an interactive map of the Centro Connective Corridor route.

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