MADISON — The mission of REV UP Madison is to revitalize the city through a variety of efforts not the least is helping improve the appearance of businesses throughout the municipality.
One of the ways the volunteer group, with help and cooperation from city council, is doing this is through grants to business owners to renovate the front of their building by painting, adding new siding, windows, doors, or awnings.
The first façade grant in the amount of $5,000 was secured by Senator Ron Stollings through the West Virginia Community Development Office and the results of the grant money can already be seen on Main Street and State Street. Two business owners have taken advantage of the grant offering.
Roger Booth received $2,500 for his building located at 271 Main Street that will house a pharmacy and deli in the future. Alice Rider, owner of The Grapevine shop on State Street, received $1,175 to improve her business’s storefront.
These business owners submitted invoices and paid receipts for work done and were reimbursed for one-half of the total or a maximum of $2,500.
Another $5,000 façade grant is being offered by REV UP Madison from their own funds to other business property owners located within city limits. They are asked to submit a written proposal with estimates to REV UP Madison, P. O. Box 996, Madison, WV 25130.
As stated, the reimbursement amount is one-half of the cost of the project, or $2,500. REV UP officials said work must begin within 60 days of the approval of the proposal and must be completed within one year. If the work is extensive, certified workers must be used.
Since its founding approximately 10 years ago, Madison REV UP volunteers have worked diligently to make their hometown of Madison more attractive to businesses — by cleaning, painting, etc. — as well as planning and implementing community activities and events that include the popular Down Home Christmas, Halloween parties, Farmers Market, free outdoor movies, and more.
They encourage business property owners to take advantage of this grant offering and join them in making the city of Madison a better, more attractive, place to live and shop.
Janet Yeager is a former publisher and editor of the Coal Valley News. She remains very active in the local community. She can be reached by email at email@example.com