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​Façade Improvement Programs

The URA offers several different façade improvement programs designed to help commercial building owners and tenants improve or restore their storefronts.

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.

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.

Program Summary

Program Guidelines

Streetface Application

 

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.

Program Summary

Program Guidelines and Application

 

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.

Program Guidelines

DFRP Application

 

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.

Program Guidelines

CDHFRP Application

 

*** 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.

Success Stories

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.

Twisted Frenchman (East Liberty)

The URA provided a $31,500 Streetface Program grant for the facade rehabilitation of Twisted Frenchman in East Liberty. The restaurant partners drastically improved the façade of their new building. 

Espresso a Mano (Lawrenceville)

For more information on all of our Façade Improvement Programs, please contact Siena Kane, façade development specialist, at 412.255.6546 or skane@ura.org.

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