Façade grants are available to offset the cost of permanent exterior improvements. Grants reimburse 50% of total costs up to $5,000. Eligible properties face Pancake Blvd or Kansas Ave from 11th St to Birch St. Properties within the area bordered by Lincoln and Washington streets and 6th and Trail streets are also eligible. Residential, government and church properties are excluded. Mixed-use buildings are eligible if the first floor is commercial.
Applications must be approved before any work is done. Work must be done within 12 months of approval, and the subject property must meet all codes upon completion. The applicant must obtain all required permits and/or historical reviews before any work begins. Applicants must have a legal interest in the subject property. Renting tenants must have written permission from the property owner.
Applications will be considered within 21 business days of submission. The economic development director may tour the subject property. The City may provide an inspection to determine the most urgent improvements. The City may reject applications for properties deemed beyond reasonable repair. Previous fire department inspections will be considered.
Grants will not be paid until all work is complete. Upon completion, the applicant must schedule a property tour and submit actual project cost information, including itemized copies of all invoices and receipts as well as copies of fronts and backs of cleared checks. The City will have 30 days to confirm the actual project cost. When all requirements of the grant contract are met, the City will issue a reimbursement check.
Grants are first come first serve up to an annual maximum. All taxes, fees or other debts owed to the City by the applicant must be paid up-to-date upon application. Grants may not be used to pay debts, salaries, wages, income or taxes. Grants may not be used to purchase real estate.
Beginning in 2013, all Kansans will pay lower income taxes, and there will be no state tax on nonwage income of owners of limited-liability companies, sole proprietorships and Subchapter S corporations.