Americus facade grant keeps downtown updated

Downtown Americus Facade Grant

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - On any given day, cars come and go through downtown Americus and some may not notice the way buildings look that line the street.

But for people who walk downtown, an updated look to buildings is a welcomed sight.

That’s why the city has continued its Facade Grant Program into 2019.

The city will match 50-percent of the cost up to $5,000 for repairs or upgrades to the outside of buildings.

Americus Mayor Barry Blount said first impressions are everything.

Americus Mayor Barry Blount (Source: WALB)
Americus Mayor Barry Blount (Source: WALB)

“A lot of times, people come to our community and first impressions are lasting impressions and so if you have a downtown that has a lot of unkempt buildings, that’s their impression. So, we want to make sure we’re sending a good impression for our visitors,” explained Blount.

The city sets aside $20,000 every year for this grant.

Michael Johnson has lived in Americus for 11 years and said he likes the way downtown looks. He said it’s easy for other cities to lose sight of good impressions.

Americus resident Michael Johnson (Source: WALB)
Americus resident Michael Johnson (Source: WALB)

“Most of them are old, dilapidated buildings, especially in small town USA," said Johnson.

There is also a grant to help business owners whose awnings were damaged by Hurricane Michael.

“It’s just a way of the city reinvesting in our downtown and making sure that buildings are maintained and properties are kept up," said Blount.

If you would like more information on these grants, you can call the Americus Main Street Office at (229) 924-4411 ext. 247.

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