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$600,000 available for downtown Geneva building improvements

Downtown property owners are being invited to apply for funds to help revitalize their buildings.

The city said $600,000 from its Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding is available for commercial properties within the DRI Study Area.

The General Adaptive Reuse Fund will provide grants of up to 50 percent of eligible project costs to owners of commercial properties who need funds to bring vacant or partially vacant properties “back on line.”

The funding also can be used for façade-improvement projects.

City officials said projects reviving vacant space get funding priority but that they also welcome applications for smaller façade projects.

“Clustering of small projects that will maximize visual impact are encouraged, so let your neighbors know if you will be submitting an application and ask them to join in,” said Sage Gerling, the city’s director of neighborhood initiatives.

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