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Apr 22, 2010 7:46 PM by Press Release

Opelousas Incentives for Downtown Development

Opelousas, LA) - Opelousas Main Street is soliciting Redevelopment Incentive Grant applications from downtown commercial building business owners.

The Opelousas Main Street in conjunction with Louisiana Main Street, program is able to offer two types of competitive grants - a $10,000 grant for major projects and a $2,500 grant for minor projects. Grants are available for both interior and exterior rehabilitation projects.

Interior improvements are limited to exposing, restoring, replicating, or enhancing the original interior architectural features, or the installation of fire suppression systems.

Applications received from
Opelousas Main Street building and/or business owners will compete statewide for funding with other Main Street communities' applications. In the past ten years, Opelousas Main Street has received nearly $130,000 in redevelopment grant funds from the Louisiana Main Street program.

To be eligible for Redevelopment Incentive Grant funds through the program, a building must be located within the downtown Main Street district, be used for commercial purposes, and be at least 50 years old. In addition, the proposed work must be approved by the local historic district commission and the
Louisiana Main Street office, while also conforming to the guidelines set forth by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

Opelousas Main Street Redevelopment Incentive grants are reimbursable matching grants. All grant applications must be submitted to the
Opelousas Main Street office at 828 East Landry Street, Opelousas, Louisiana, by Monday, June 18, 2010. Grant recipients are scheduled to be notified in September. If awarded a Redevelopment Incentive Grant, the applicant has until April 30, 2011 to complete the work and submit the required reimbursement documentation.

The Opelousas Main Street district is bound on the north by Little St., on the east by Union St., on the west by Market St., and on the south by
Vine St. If your building is located within these boundaries and you wish to apply for grant funds, contact Melanie Lee, Opelousas Main Street Manager, at 337-948-5227 or visit www.cityofopelousas.com

 

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