Building rehabilitation funds for East End are now available

LEWISTOWN — Downtown Lewistown Inc. has committed reimbursement funds to be matched with investment from the property owner in the Downtown/East End Central Business District, including properties along the Valley Street Gateway into the community, said Jim Zubler, DLI executive director.

The funds are made possible in part by a $50,000 allocation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development and support from the DLI Board of Directors.

An application is available through DLI to develop a scope of work and supports for eligible projects. Once received, applications for up to $5,000 in facade improvement funds are reviewed by a committee of interested and involved community leaders based on the level of rehabilitation and work to address compliance with basic health, safety and building codes. This recommendation is then forwarded to the DLI Board of Directors for their concurrence and approval.

Additionally, exterior inspections of the properties are conducted by the code enforcement officer and DLI executive director prior to and at the conclusion of the project. Once the project is complete, the exterior of the properties must meet current codes as stipulated by the International Property Maintenance Code for Existing Buildings. A maintenance agreement is also required for applicants ensuring compliance with property maintenance and retention of the improvements proscribed by the program. These reimbursement grants are intended to utilize a minimal amount of public funding to leverage significant, long lasting, visible and appropriate improvement to commercial and mixed-use properties in the prescribed target area.

For more information regarding investment opportunities in Lewistown, contact Zubler at 152 E. Market St., Suite 109, by phone at (717) 248-9606 or email jim@downtownlewistown.com.