By Frank Lewis
Main Street Portsmouth has, to date, awarded grants totaling $490,000, but they aren’t resting on their laurels. MSP and the city of Portsmouth have partnered to offer a grant program for the purpose of promoting exterior building improvements to existing commercial properties in Portsmouth’s Downtown Improvement District.
The Building Improvement Grant Program was initiated when Main Street Portsmouth was awarded a $25,000 grant from Heritage Ohio and the Ohio Department of Development. MSP Director Sarah Surina said Main Street Portsmouth has been able to continue the program with generous support from the City of Portsmouth which allocated funds for Historic Preservation from the Capitol Improvement Budget.
Surina said the goal of the program is to improve the structural integrity, longevity and overall physical appearance of commercial buildings in Portsmouth’s Downtown Improvement District, therefore increasing the value to the owner and the community. She said Main Street Portsmouth and the City of Portsmouth believe property owners are a vital component to the success of the redevelopment and economic revitalization efforts in Portsmouth.
“The Building Improvement Grant Program is a wonderful opportunity for Main Street Portsmouth to empower local property owners to make necessary improvements to preserve the historic integrity in our city,” Surina said. “To date we have granted 33 projects totaling $490,000 in post-rehabilitation.”
Applications are available at the Main Street Portsmouth Office located at 342 Second Street inside the Scioto County Welcome Center, online at www.mspohio.org, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone needing more information may call 740-464-0203. All applications, fees, and supporting documentation must be received by Main Street Portsmouth no later than Friday Sept. 19, 2014.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.