Amityville offering $600K for storefront upgrades

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By Dan Sears

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The Village of Amityville has extended the deadline for businesses to apply for its $600,000 Façade Improvement Program. 

The application window for the program now runs until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1. 

The program is funded by part of the $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant that Amityville was awarded in Jan. 2022. About $5 million of the village’s DRI grant is going toward streetscape and pedestrian improvements, with the balance used for revitalizing the area around its LIRR station, assisting the development of a mixed-use building, renovations of existing buildings and the storefront rehab effort.

This storefront revitalization fund will provide grants to renovate building exteriors within the downtown Amityville area. Upgrades that adhere to the village character and may include façades, entrances, awnings, lighting, signage and more, according to a village statement. 

The total of $600,000 in funding includes $300,000 for large projects of $25,000 to $100,000; $100,000 for small projects of $5,000 to $25,000; and $100,000 for building murals. Those eligible for the funding include business owners, nonprofits, and commercial property owners within the village’s designated DRI boundaries. 

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The program is a competitive reimbursement grant, and the scoring process is done by a review committee. Applicants must show their ability to cover the costs of their project and awardees will be reimbursed 80 percent upon completion.  

Applications and more information on the Amityville Façade Improvement Program can be found at amityvilledri.com. 

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