The City of Cambridge announces grant funding to remove architectural barriers with the Storefront Improvement Program.
Come join the City of Cambridge as we have a groundbreaking ceremony for Boston Bed Company, the first Cambridge retailer to receive a 90% reimbursement for removing architectural barriers and making their Storefronts-For-All. This East Cambridge retailer will host the event to showcase the services available to independent businesses and property owners through the Storefront Improvement Program. Light refreshments will be provided. Speaking program begins promptly at 9:15 AM and includes:
- David P. Maher, Mayor of Cambridge
- Andrew Rosenblatt, President of Boston Bed Company
- Richard Rossi, Cambridge City Manager
The Storefront Improvement Program provides technical and financial assistance to property owners or tenants seeking to renovate or restore commercial building exterior facades. The Program removes architectural barriers at the storefront entrance, improves the physical appearance of independent businesses and enhances the commercial districts of Cambridge. This program provides:
- 90% matching grant up to $20,000 for improvements to entrance that complies with the American with Disabilities Act and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board guidelines, including ramps, lifts, doors hardware and automatic openers, accessible parking, and signage.
- 50% matching grant up to $15,000 for other façade improvements, including better windows, paneling, architectural details and restoration of historic features.
- 50% matching grant up to $2,500 for signage, lighting and awning improvements.
- An architectural consultant retained by the City is available to provide assistance to applicants through the conceptual design stage at no cost to the applicants.