EDA gets façade grant updates

Published 9:59 pm Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Economic Development Authority approved Wednesday a request to increase the amount of a commercial façade grant awarded for a Carolina Road business.

The EDA previously approved a façade grant for a proposed retail antiques and home boutique business at 713 Carolina Road April 10 for $9,060. However, due to an increase in the cost to make the improvements — from the original estimate of $18,119 to $20,169 that was spent — Assistant Economic Development Director Gregory Byrd said the property owner requested to have the grant amount increased to $10,000.

“Essentially, it cost a little bit more in one of the areas of her estimates, I think it was the painting part,” Byrd said. “It actually took several more coats of paint than originally planned.”

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Byrd said the owner of the business had been just under the total amount for the matching part of the grant, but now it is over that amount. He said the owner was still within the six-month window to request amending the amount of the grant.

Also, the authority received an update from Economic Development Authority Manager Deanna Holt on the commercial façade grant program for businesses impacted by the May 11 tornado.

She said she did a walkthrough of the Boost Mobile and Washland Laundromat businesses on East Constance Road. Those businesses received a $5,000 grant to help pay for the $11,913.12 in repairs. She said the roof at Wash Land was completely replaced, as were all of the windows at Boost Mobile.

“We are closing this one out,” Holt said.

Holt said the owner of the Domino’s Pizza on East Constance Road has not turned in any paperwork to receive a façade grant. The owner has until the end of this month to do that in order to receive grant money.

She has been in touch with General Rentals, also on East Constance Road, and said they plan to start work on repairs. Suffolk Auto Body at 900 Portsmouth Blvd. has stayed in regular contact with Holt, and it is doing framing work now. She said it would likely have a sign back up on the business by the end of this week.