Façade Improvement Programs
The URA offers several different façade improvement programs designed to help commercial building owners and tenants improve or restore their storefronts.
Restored and improved storefronts are essential to the vitality of our local communities. They revitalize the pedestrian environment, attract more customers to your business and encourage neighborhood economic development and investment.
The URA offers several different façade improvement programs designed for commercial building owners and tenants to improve their storefronts.Your building's location determines which facade improvement program applies to your property. You can only use one program at a time.
Please enter your address into the map below to determine your program eligibility.
Streetface Renovation Program
The Streetface Renovation Program is designed to help business owners make improvements to their façades and improve the "face" of their commercial districts by creating more attractive street-level experiences.
Storefront Renovation Program
The Storefront Renovation Program is designed to help business owners make improvements to their storefronts and improve the appearance of our neighborhoods' commercial corridors.
Downtown Façade Restoration Program
The Downtown Façade Restoration Program is designed to promote the preservation and improvement of buildings between Liberty Avenue and First Avenue in the Golden Triangle.
Cultural District Historic Façade Restoration Program
The Cultural District Historic Façade Restoration Program is designed to promote the preservation and improvement of the buildings in the Penn-Liberty Historic District, a portion of the nascent cultural district adjacent to Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.
*** The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act District (LERTA) was created to improve the economic and business climate of certain residential and commercial districts by lessening the tax burden on new development. The URA will work closely with those who wish to take advantage of this incentive by walking you through the application and public process to make utilizing LERTA as simple as possible. Find the LERTA application here.
From 2014-2017 the CIE worked with local businesses to accomplish the following façade projects:
- 217 completed URA grants and loans
- $2,685,931 in URA investments
- $10,340,975 in total project costs
La Gourmandine (Hazelwood)
The URA provided a $31,500 Streetface façade forgiveable loan for the renovation of the vacant former D'Imperios Market in Hazelwood. This location is the manufacturing facility for La Gourmandine Bakery and is also the home to their third retail bakery site.
For more information on all of our Façade Improvement Programs, please contact Siena Kane, Façade Development Specialist, at 412.255.6546 or email@example.com.