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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Historic downtown properties receive grant funding for improvements

Four people pose with giant check at Fossati's

PHOTO #1: Fossati’s Delicatessen received a $10,000 grant from the City of Victoria Main Street Program’s Downtown Façade Grant Program to install a new roof. Shown Wednesday, from left, are Main Street Program Director Danielle Williams; John Fossati, property owner; Christine Blain, president of the Main Street Program board; and Bill Blanchard, board president of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation.

Four people pose with giant check at Rosalie Guest Quarters, a bed and breakfast downtownPHOTO #2: Rosalie Guest Quarters received a $9,253.21 grant Wednesday from the City of Victoria Main Street Program’s Downtown Façade Grant Program to install a new roof. Shown Wednesday, from left, are Main Street Program Director Danielle Williams; James Wearden, property owner; Christine Blain, president of the Main Street Program board; and Bill Blanchard, board president of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation.

An office building downtown shows a fresh, blank facade after a recent awning demolitionPHOTO #3: An office building at 117 S. Main St. was awarded a $9,970 grant from the City of Victoria Main Street Program to demolish awning. In this photo taken April 26 after the completion of the demolition, the original façade is visible.

Three property owners will be able to improve and preserve their historic downtown properties after receiving grant funding through the City of Victoria Main Street Program’s Downtown Façade Grant Program.

The Main Street Program approved 50% matching grants for the following projects:

  • Fossati’s Delicatessen, 302 S. Main St. - $10,000 to install a new roof
  • Rosalie Guest Quarters, 305 S. William St. - $9,253.21 to install a new roof
  • Office building, 117 S. Main St. - $9,970 to remove and demolish awning to reveal the original façade

According to the terms of the program, all projects must be consistent with the buildings’ original designs and must follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Property owners will have one year to complete their projects.

Downtown property owners can apply for grant funding and view program requirements at www.victoriatx.gov/mainstreet. Eligible projects will be funded on a rolling basis as funds become available.

Funding for the program is provided by the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation, which oversees the allocation of Type 4B sales tax revenue for economic and community development projects.

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