Main Street facade program breathing new life into old buildings
LUFKIN- A city grant program is helping businesses enhance and improve the historical look of downtown Lufkin — one facade at a time.
The primary goal of the Main Street Area Facade Improvement Program is to encourage enhancement of buildings exteriors in the downtown central business district.
Dorothy Wilson, the city’s director of planning and zoning, said qualified applicants are granted matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $10,000.
“What we’re trying to do is get back to the more common period of buildings that are downtown — the 1910s through the 1930s. A lot of the buildings that were older than that were burned in fires. These newer buildings that came along were built with brick and mortar that were more permanent,” Wilson said. “We’re not doing the interior — totally exterior, just the facade. If it’s a business that’s on a corner, they can apply for both facades. They can do one facade and come back and do another facade later.”
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