City offers grants to improve downtown store fronts

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- The City of Ardmore started accepting applications last week for their Street Facade Grant program to improve downtown store fronts.

"Any downtown is truly the heart of your city." Property owner Tim Longest said.

His nearly 100 year old historic V-F-W building is located downtown, and he has big plans to renovate it into a multi-loft unit.

"We're actually going to repaint the front of this project, and install a historic frame and glass facade." Longest said.

And five, $5,000 grants from the city's community enhancement fund will help with projects, just like his.

"That could be awnings, that could be paint, that could be taking off old paint to expose the original brick, new doors, new windows..." Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatwright said.

Longest has already applied, and Theresa Smith says she'll be applying soon too.

"Everybody wants to work at a nice downtown area," Smith said. "I love working down here, its your own community."

She's owned the Le French Quarter Hair Salon for 12 years, and loves to see city support.

"I could use it, I could use the help," Smith said. "I need a new awning, the north wind really hits my awning all the time, and its been there for 12 years. So it'd be time for a new one."

And Boatwright says that's the goal.

"We felt that having some public investment to help encourage private investment was a good thing, that those two things together would make an impact citizens could easily see when they go downtown." Boatwright said.

Applications can be found at the city's development office, or the City of Ardmore website. They are due July 14.

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