FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2023
Mayor Noble Announces DRI Business Façade Improvement Grant Finalists
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble, in partnership with Ulster County Office of Economic Development, is pleased to announce the finalists for the DRI Business Façade Improvement Grant Program.
The DRI Business Façade Improvement Program will provide grants of up to $20,000 each to property or business owners to make improvements to the façade of a commercial building in Kingston’s Uptown Stockade Business District. The grantees are:
Halter Associates Realty at 89 North Front Street
Lucas Pet Supply at 30 Joys Lane
Schneider’s Jewelers at 290 Wall Street
Ulster Publishing Co. at 322 Wall Street
316 Wall Street
Multiple businesses at 318 Wall Street
Multiple businesses at 224 Fair Street
89 John Street
Multiple businesses at 48 Main Street
“We are pleased to announce the finalists for the Stockade District Business Façade Improvement Grant, funding which will help with the repair costs for projects that improve the façade of our Uptown businesses” said Mayor Noble. “One of our goals in applying for the DRI grant was to help preserve Uptown Kingston and restore the beautiful architecture and historic character that makes Kingston unique. I look forward to seeing these projects get underway, and hope that, in addition to other recent business grant opportunities, this helps our local businesses thrive well into the future.”
The Business Façade Improvements Program was made available with funds from the City of Kingston’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. The program’s goal is to aid with the renovation of blighting conditions such as peeling paint, boarded up windows or windows in poor condition; signage; replacement of missing historic elements; and modification or removal of inappropriate alterations. Projects must be approved by the Kingston Planning Board and Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission/Heritage Area Commission and undergo an environmental review before being officially approved.
The City of Kingston was awarded the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant in 2017. Funds for the Stockade Business District Small Grants Program come from the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative, headed by NYS Department of State and administered by NYS Homes & Community Renewal.
The applications for the DRI Business Façade Improvement Grant Program opened in February. More information about the program, guidelines, and more can be found at: www.engagekingston.com/dri-business-facade-improvement-grant-program.