ABR approves grant for Empire building

Projects total nearly $15,000 in investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 20, 2022 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the building located at 140 S. Washington St.

The ABR approved a grant of $7,250 for roof replacement on the Empire building where the Beanstalk is located. This year, the ABR approved grants for the owners of 12 buildings in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of nearly $260,000.

Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said, “I am thrilled to see that this program continues to encourage investment by our downtown building owners for the betterment of the community, by preserving our historic downtown properties.”

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 114 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of over $3.2 million.

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 as “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 (now TSEP) to act as the downtown organization which is now “Downtown Tiffin.” In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program and became a state and nationally accredited program with Main Street America. For more information, click here.

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