Main Street Preservation Trust announces Interior Grant Award Winners on Main Street in the Gloucester Village for 2014!

The Main Street Preservation Trust launched an Interior Grant Program for its 2nd year in July that yielded several applications. The grant program targets the business/commercial corridor along Gloucester’s Main Street from Main Street Center to the Court Circle and offers a 50% match for those seeking to do work in the two categories of tenant improvements and merchandising assistance. The cap on the match for the tenant improvements is $10,000 and the cap on the merchandising assistance category is $2,500.

Kelsick Specialty Market

Tenant improvements could include flooring, lighting, windows, interior painting, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and much more. The Merchandising assistance grant is meant for assistance with interior design and décor, as well as improvements in store and window displays or interior signage and special effects.

All grants are reviewed and judged on a set of criteria by the Interior Grant Committee which consists of an MSPT Board member, the Executive Director, Main Street business owner, and design and construction representatives from the community. Businesses that are retail, restaurant, or a cultural establishment are ranked higher but others are considered on a case by case basis. For more information on the MSPT and its programs and initiatives, please email or call Executive Director, Jenny Crittenden at (804) 824-9614.

The Main Street Preservation Trust is pleased to announce the following businesses and property owners as recipients of the 2014 Interior Grant Awards which totals nearly $40,000 in awards.
• The Silver Box will receive funding to assist with removal and installation of new flooring.
• Kelsick Market will be using the grant for continuing the branding of their business by installing interior signage to compliment the new exterior look that was part of a previous façade grant.
• Frank West with Mobjack Medical Group will receive a grant for the complete design and renovation of the interior of the newly purchased Pointer Building where he will move his current medical practice.
• Nam Vu, who purchased former County Building #3 on Main Street, has received funds for a Phase 1 renovation of the front office spaces to become commercial retail spaces to include the installation of ADA compliant restrooms and new HVAC.
• Vashti’s Jewelers will receive assistance for a new cash wrap counter at their new location as well as interior signage.
• Bangkok Noi will use their grant for removal and replacement of carpeting throughout their dining room.
• Court House Restaurant is receiving funds for the purpose of removal and replacement of all flooring throughout their dining areas as well as removal of trip hazards in the restaurant.
• Ralph Jackson, owner of the former Jessica’s on Main building is receiving funds for the replacement of a compressor for the walk- in cooler, plumbing repairs, refinishing dining room floors, and painting in the kitchen, dining room and basement.

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