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Historic District gets Funds for Facades

Property owners can apply for matching funds for improvements thanks to state-allocated grant.

Historic District residents, business and property owners looking to spruce up their exteriors may be able to secure part of $5.5 million awarded to communities across Maryland as part of a state-run grant program.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Wednesday announced the recipients of the Community Legacy program. The Historic District was awarded $50,000 for its Façade Improvement Program.

“The Historic District of Ellicott City is one of the County’s jewels,” County Executive Ulman said in a statement.  

“This money will go a long way toward helping the building and business owners undertake those all-important preservation projects that will ensure this area remains warm and inviting to the hundreds of thousands who visit every year.”

Property owners can apply online for up to 50 percent of the cost of projects, up to $10,000, including painting, awnings, lighting, new signs, masonry repair and door and widow repair.

"These awards will go a long way to promoting economic growth, community revitalization, affordable housing and tourism," Lt. Governor Anthony Brown said in a statement.

"I salute the hard work of the recipients of this year's awards, and their commitment to their communities, which will greatly benefit cities and towns all over our state." 

This is the third time Howard County has received Community Legacy funds, according to a statement released by Ulman’s office. In the past, grants funded housing and renovations at Patuxent Square in Laurel and for Baldwin Hall and Commons in Savage. 

In total, the grants will fund 58 projects in 19 counties and Baltimore City, according to MDHCH.

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