Building Improvement Grant Program
Update: this program has been suspended due to COVID-19 and will return in 2021.
The City of Marysville has created the Uptown Building Improvement Grant Program to directly stimulate commercial building improvements to structures located in the Uptown Commercial Zoning District, or elsewhere as deemed appropriate by the committee. The program funding, budgeted for $100,0000 annually, is intended to help fund private investment with high quality historically accurate improvements. Improvement efforts are to be in line with the revitalization of historic Uptown Marysville and the Uptown Revitalization Plan.
All projects that receive funding must apply and receive Certificate of Appropriateness approval from the Marysville Design Review Board (DRB). Projects which commence prior to City and DRB approval are not eligible.
Grants are available to cover up to 50% of the total eligible project costs, not to exceed $25,000. Grants of up to $50,000 may be considered for economically significant projects (high investment, positive community impact, innovation, job creation, etc.). The applicant must use private, non-City funds to match the City’s grant. Grantees will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the project, after certification of project costs and verification of compliance with the approved plans.
Who Can Apply?
Applicants can be property owners or tenants.
Government properties are not eligible for funding from this program.
Tenants must have written approval from property owners to participate in the program.
Property owners/tenants must be up to date on all municipal taxes, utility bills, City Codes (occupancy permits on file) and property maintenance relating to the business and/or building prior to participation in the program.
Commercial and mixed-use structures within the boundaries of the Uptown Commercial Zoning District or “target area” are eligible for funding. Buildings used solely for residential purposes are not eligible.
Examples of Eligible Projects include window and door repair/replacement, exterior cleaning, restoration/renovation of facade, fire suppression systems, and others as determined by the City of Marysville.
The costs of new construction or work that only involves routine maintenance are not eligible under the program. An exemption may be made in the case of repairs if they will support the health, safety, and preservation of the Uptown structure.
Examples of Ineligible Projects include new construction and additions, routine maintenance, interior improvements, and others as determined by the City of Marysville.
Priority will be given to projects that would result in the comprehensive restoration or substantial improvement to the entire building or facade. However, the City recognizes that the Uptown District contains buildings of different scales and levels of detail. In some cases a small improvement may result in a significant impact on the character of a certain building or district as a whole.