6 downtown buildings will get face lifts via $200,000 grant

The building facades to be renovated this year are (from top): 609 Lincolnway, 612 Lincolnway, 714 Lincolnway, 805 Indiana Ave., 715-719 Lincolnway, and 814-816 Lincolnway. (Downtown LaPorte photos)

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The recipients of the City of LaPorte Enterprise Zone 2019 Facade Grant Program will soon be showing off a new look to the public in the historic downtown. The 2019 grant recipients are 814-816 Lincolnway, 612 Lincolnway (The original Packman’s Pizzeria), 609 Lincolnway (Mucho Mas), 714 Lincolnway (Frontline Foundations), 715-719 Lincolnway, and 805 Indiana Ave. (Indiana Deli).

More than $200,000 will be invested in the buildings.

“Downtown LaPorte is an extremely important part of our community. Making sure this area represents the character and quality of LaPorte drives us to continue to invest in the facades of these buildings. This program has been one of our most popular and we hope to continue it long into the future,” said Angela Rose, Downtown Director.

Since its inception, the LaPorte Enterprise Zone has supported ways to encourage local business owners to invest in their own storefronts or property, and since 2016 has narrowed down that idea into a formalized LPUEA Facade Grant Program. Under the program the LaPorte Enterprise Zone grants 80% of the cost of tuck pointing, painting and awning expenses on projects within a defined area of the downtown zone that improve the look of a storefronts or property, after an  application is submitted and reviewed by the City of LaPorte Urban Enterprise Zone Board.

“The City of LaPorte Urban Enterprise Zone Board has a vision of a vibrant, visually appealing historic downtown, and this program goes a long way to help offset the financial burden business and property owners bear when making improvements,” said Mayor Mark Krentz.

“This program started as a way to encourage investment in our downtown and now it has become a way for the LaPorte Economic Advancement Partnership to facilitate relationships with our downtown business community,” said Mike Riehle, LPUEA President.

This program aims to encourage new and existing property owners and businesses to invest in their commercial storefronts downtown, partnering with the city to maintain and enhance the historic buildings and providing a catalyst for others to improve the visual appearance of their own business or property.

Applications for the 2020 Facade Grant will be available in the fourth quarter of 2019. Contact Angela Rose, Downtown Director, at 219-324-8584 or angelar@laportepartnership.com for program information.

11 Responses to “6 downtown buildings will get face lifts via $200,000 grant”

  1. Brad

    May 10. 2019

    Repairing the terrible streets of this city should be the ONLY priority.

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  2. Jeff

    May 10. 2019

    I agree with Brad. Especially since these buildings are empty. No leadership in this town.

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  3. lawman

    May 10. 2019

    thank you Brad!!! but why fix streets people use everyday when we can fix up buildings that should be fixed by OWNERS!!! and yes I know -different money to different things.

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  4. Loving it!

    May 10. 2019

    Thank you so much to the building owners and to all who have worked to get the grants to restore our downtown each year. Those buildings that are done are just beautiful and I am sure it would not have happened without the grants Restoration is very expensive as we all know even on a small scale and takes time, money and inconvenience but very necessary to keep our town alive. I can’t wait to see the next group of buildings done. Great things are being done here in many areas to make our town inviting for all who to live, work and raise their families here. LaPorte is a beautiful town. I am so thankful to all who believe in it.

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    • ILUVLP

      May 12. 2019

      Well said “Loving it!”
      I remember those days when the downtown buildings were beautiful and the businesses were thriving. It’s sad to see LP in its current state with so many naysayers.

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  5. Jason

    May 10. 2019

    Buildings empty? Hmmm. Doesn’t look like all are. 🤷‍♂️

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  6. Julie Kessler

    May 11. 2019

    @Loving It: Well said.

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  7. jason

    May 11. 2019

    Up late searching property ownership, Also board members and their propertys. Something fishy going on.

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  8. Jim

    May 11. 2019

    Glad to see the downtown improvements. LaPorte is a great town that deserves the grants! Streets are always bad in the spring and will be improved by our outstanding street dept as they have been in past years.

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  9. Scott

    May 11. 2019

    Happy to see improvements wherever they are!

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  10. taxpayer

    May 14. 2019

    I would like know when boyd blvd going to get repaved??? its the worst street in laporte and most traveled,

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