Downtown Partnership of Baltimore administers a Facade Improvement Program encouraging and assisting property and business owners in Downtown restore existing storefronts. Since 2002, Downtown Partnership has administered over $1 million in grants and leveraged millions in private investment.
The Facade Program covers 50% of eligible costs up to $10,000 on properties within the Downtown Management Authority. Property owners within Downtown Management Authority boundaries should review the application for details and contact Thomas Kurek.
Downtown Baltimore’s historically and architecturally significant buildings are highly desirable as renovated office, residential, retail or hotel conversions. Downtown Partnership works with the City’s Commission for Historic and Architectural Preservation to landmark buildings, lobby for historic tax credit improvements, create Planned Unit Developments, and coordinate other steps necessary to building preservation.
Along with preservation, Downtown Partnership assists local sustainability efforts by helping developers and property owners maximize building energy efficiency and meet the City’s green standards.
Downtown Partnership helped local retailer For Rent Shoes update their facade on Cathedral Street.
Facade improvement grants help businesses install exterior signage, as well as update lighting, windows, painting, and more. DPOB helped Filicori Zecchini update their storefront at 1 E. Pratt Street.
217 N. Charles Street received facade improvement grant funding to update the exterior painting and windows. The updated exterior now matches the interior - a new co-working space on the ground floor.
Gant Brunett Architechts's update to their building at 15 W. Mulberry Street gave the street a nice pop of color. Facade improvement grant help restore older buildings, bringing them back to glory.