Fairfax City is constantly planning and executing strategic programs designed to support the growth of our existing business community, attract new businesses, and continue the City’s development as an economic engine for Northern Virginia. Recent initiatives include upgrading the City’s bond rating, encouraging office and retail development, improvement of traffic and pedestrian flows in commercial areas, and encouraging the proliferation of diversity in key local industries. The City’s combination of low property tax rates, excellent services and high responsiveness also creates an attractive environment for further business development. You can find information on current and future support programs from the Fairfax City below.
The Old Town Fairfax Facade Improvement Program
The Old Town Fairfax Facade Improvement Program is an initiative of the Fairfax City Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Fairfax City Economic Development Office (EDO). The grant provides financial assistance to commercial property owners and business owners located in the historic downtown and transition district of Fairfax City for eligible façade improvements. The Facade Improvement Program is the latest initiative implemented by Fairfax City to support revitalization of the City’s downtown, a top priority for the EDA. The program grant will assist businesses by creating a more attractive general commercial core in the downtown area, as well as stimulating private investment to enhance the appearance of specific properties and building. The result? A fresh, rejuvenated appearance to pull greater commerce, involvement, and investment to the heart of Fairfax City.
The Old Town Fairfax Facade Improvement Program provides for a one-time reimbursement of up to $10,000 per project for eligible improvements. Applicants are eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement on expenses equal to or less than $10,000. For projects greater than $10,000.01, the city will reimburse the application up to 20 percent of eligible expenses. The maximum award amount is $10,000 per business or property regardless of the total value of the project. The application must be submitted and approved, and a grant agreement must be entered into with the Economic Development Authority PRIOR to work commencing (see program guidelines located in the application.)
To be considered for the program, applicants must:
- Be located in Old Town Historic District, or Transition District.
- Employ fewer than 100 individuals.
- Own or lease commercial property.
Eligible improvements include (but are not limited to) signage and decorative awnings, minor decorative landscaping, exterior wall lighting, exterior paintings or surface treatment, window and door modifications, decorative post lighting, professional services fees, storefront framing and glass replacement, cornice modifications, and improvements to increase accessibility.
How To Apply
Applications for the Facade Improvement Program can be accessed and downloaded here. Applications may be submitted in hard copy to the City’s Economic Development Office located in City Hall. If you prefer to submit an application electronically, you may do so be emailing your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due on January 31, 2017. However, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The EDA in partnership with the EDO is happy to respond to any inquires in advance of submission. However, once an application has been submitted, and after the January 31st deadline, the EDA and EDO will be unable to answer any questions until the recipients are announced.
Applications will be reviewed by the Facade Improvement Selection Committee, as well as the Fairfax City Board of Architectural Review. The Committee or the City’s Director of Economic Development may request additional information from all applicants. Be sure to pay attention to your phone and email until you receive notice that your application has been approved – failure to provide timely requested information may deem an applicant ineligible for participation in the program.
Check back here for news on future programs from Fairfax City as we continue to grow our Fairfax business community!
If you have any further questions about current programs, past programs, or plans for the future, please feel free to contact the EDA today.