Downtown facelift broadens

April of 2012: Local contractor Raul Garza paints the Kincaid Hotel. The new look was made possible by a Main Street Uvalde and Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau facade grant. (Uvalde Leader-News file photo.)

Facade grants give new life to historical district

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Eleven businesses have benefited from $28,459 in facade grants made available to business owners within the Main Street Uvalde program district.

The 50 percent matching grants were awarded by Main Street Uvalde and Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s Candle Shop, located at 313 N. Getty St., was awarded $918 for two signs, while Liza’s Healing Touch, 315 N. Getty St., was awarded $383 for a new awning and signage.

At 108 S. Getty St., which houses Pure Fitness, Store House Decor, Freddy’s and Smart Device Repair, fresh exterior paint and an awning repair were afforded by a $1,798 grant.

Grants of $5,000 went to Kessler Courtyard Properties (Rice Hotel building) for paint on the north wall and masonry repair, and Benson Guest House for paint, stucco repair and restoration of all doors and windows.

Carlito’s Way, 113 N. Getty St., was awarded $235 for a window decal signage.

Drugstore Cowboys LLC, located at  201 N. Getty St., was awarded $15,000 for exterior glass and to construct an additional entrance.

Encina Properties, 221 N. Getty St., received $125 for door restoration.

According to Main Street Uvalde Manager Susan Rios, grant money is still available for interested business owners.

Applications can be picked up at the Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau, 300 E. Main St., which houses the Main Street Uvalde office. Grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.

Applications will be reviewed by the CVB board of directors. Recipients will be chosen based on set criteria, including overall improvement of the building, condition of the building, contribution to the historic character or aesthetics of the Main Street Uvalde area and overall impact on the public.

Funds can be used for paint-only projects, signage and awning projects, facade rehabilitations or full restoration projects. Applicants are eligible for only one grant per 12-month period. Projects not eligible for funding include interior or exterior structural work, including the roof, that is not related to the facade; electrical, plumbing, or air conditioning.

Rios said Main Street Uvalde’s main goal is to increase economic development through historic preservation.

krubio@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335

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