LANSING | The Village Board approved $72,000 in grants that will help three Ridge Road businesses pay for improvements to their facades.
Trustees voted 6-0 on Tuesday in favor of the three grants as part of the Façade Improvement Program meant to encourage businesses in the Ridge Road downtown business district keep up their outer appearance to make the overall area look more attractive.
A grant for $34,125 was awarded to the owners of the Subway Sandwiches franchise at 3515 Ridge Road, while another $23,625 was approved for the Ridge Animal Clinic, 3667 Ridge Road.
A third grant for $14,333 was approved for the owners of the Valvoline Express Care franchise at 3610 Ridge Road.
Under the program, companies can receive grants for up to half the cost of an improvement project, or an additional 10 percent if the work is done by a Lansing-based contractor, although a $50,000 limit is placed on the size of any individual grant.
Village Administrator J. Wynsma said he is pleased that businesses are taking advantage of the program, while Village Attorney Tim Lapp said he thinks providing financial assistance will “help keep these buildings well-maintained.”
Wynsma also said that village officials held a public forum for any residents interested in learning more about the program. The forum took place Wednesday morning at the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave. Business owners along Ridge Road who could not attend the forum are asked to call Planning and Development Director Kristi DeLaurentiis at (708) 895-7200 for more information on available grants.
In other business, the Village Board gave its approval to a rezoning of the one-time Komo’s Food & Catering, 18036 Torrence Ave., so that it can become a part of the neighboring M&A Auto Sales, 18024 Torrence Ave.
The village’s Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals recommended approval for the project last month.