July 20th, 2017 10:50 AM
Seven Austin businesses have been awarded grants under a new city program designed to help businesses on the West and South sides. In all, 51 businesses citywide are receiving $5 million in Retail Thrive Zone business improvement grants.
The grants, worth up to $250,000 each, can be used to improve commercial buildings with new roofs, facades, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems.
Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29) congratulated grant recipients in a recent Facebook post: "The 29th Ward's businesses were blessed with receiving over $558,000 in grant money to help build a better Chicago Avenue (Soul City Corridor).
"Thanks to Malcolm Crawford, Charmaine Rickettes and AAABNA for all of your hard work in partnering with the Department of Planning and Development in rolling out this effort," the alderman wrote.
The new city program, funded with money from Tax Increment Financing districts, is targeting commercial corridors in Austin and several other neighborhoods, including Back of the Yards, Bronzeville and Englewood, according to DNAinfo Chicago.
Here are the Austin businesses receiving the first round of grants:
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