The Building Exterior Improvement Program has been established by the Comstock Park Downtown Development Authority to encourage the preservation, restoration and/or renovation of significant building exteriors for properties located within the downtown district.
The DDA Board believes that the appearance of buildings in the downtown district is critical to maintaining the viability of the Comstock Park downtown district. It is also the Board’s belief that an attractively preserved downtown district will encourage pedestrian and vehicular traffic, thus improving economic conditions in the district. Therefore, the DDA Board is making grants available, in consideration and exchange for exterior building improvements made in the downtown district.
The Building Exterior Improvement Program provides grants to help defray the costs of exterior work on buildings located within the downtown district. The exterior work must be related to the restoration or renovation of the exterior of the building. Eligible costs include the costs of design, construction, removal and replacement of exterior elements. Improvements that would help a business comply with the American Disabilities Act are also considered eligible projects. The Comstock Park DDA Building Exterior Improvement Program provides up to $10,000 dollars of grant money. Business property owners within the DDA district are eligible.
Farm Bureau Insurance Building Improvement
The Purwin family, Tony, Jim, Nick, and Phyllis, who own four buildings in downtown Comstock Park, used Comstock Park DDA grant money in 2013 to make improvements to the exterior of the Farm Bureau Insurance building they own at 3979 West River Drive. The family has owned and operated the Comstock Park Body Shop at 4019 West River Drive, since 1963. They used DDA grant money in 2014 to make improvements to the parking lot at the Body Shop. Through the DDA's Building Exterior Improvement Program, business owners in the DDA district are eligible for grants to make improvements like these to restore or renovate the exterior of their building or property, or to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.