DICKINSON —The city is giving commercial property owners a chance to recoup the costs of changing their building exteriors to resemble those along late 19th century and early 20th century main streets.
The Dickinson Economic Development Corp. will reimburse businesses inside the Highway 3 Overlay District if they meet the standards of the city’s facade improvement program.
The program is intended to enhance the district’s appeal to businesses and visitors and aide in the beautification of the city.
A property owner can apply for a 50 percent matching grant of up to $25,000 based on estimates for work they are proposing to do, City Administrator Julie Johnston said.
If a grant is awarded, the property owner can proceed with the work and submit the required documentation to be reimbursed after the work is completed, she said.
Businesses located outside the district do not qualify.
The planning and zoning commission developed the Highway 3 Overlay District in 2011 to standardize and regulate streetscapes, landscaping, alleys and streets and architectural and site design.
The district’s northern border is 20th Street, the southern border is Hughes Road and the approximate center is the intersection state Highway 3 and FM 517.
Commercial property owners must submit a grant application that includes details about the proposed improvements that meet design standards in the code of ordinances.