Final Façade Grants for 2021 approved by ABR

Two companies making improvements to historic downtown buildings

27-31 S. Washington St. in Downtown Tiffin.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 19, 2021 – Today, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved the final façade grants for 2021 with two projects to improve historic buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

During the meeting Tuesday, the board approved a $3,520.50 Façade Enhancement Grant for the Empire Block Condominium, 144 S. Washington St., for new windows and door on the first floor of the building; and a $6,210.44 façade grant to ReinX3, LLC for 27-31 S. Washington St. for new gutters. Combined, these projects are a $22,871 investment in the community.

With these projects, the $100,000 budget for 2021 Façade Enhancement Program has been completely allocated, having funded 15 projects for a combined $270,656.57 investment. Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 102 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 million.

Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m proud to see that the Façade Enhancement Program has been successful in providing funds to so many worthwhile projects in our Historic Downtown. I applaud Tiffin City Council for continuing to budget for this great program, and encourage building owners to take advantage of it in 2022 to continue this positive momentum.”

About the Façade Enhancement Program

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.tiffinseneca.org (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

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