Ontario Downtown Facade Grant Program
Planning & Zoning Division
City Annex, 458 SW 3rd Street, Ontario, OR 97914
OFFICE HOURS:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on weekends & Holidays
Dan Cummings
Community Development Director
Office: (541) 881-3222
Fax: (541) 881-3251  
Email: dan.cummings@ontariooregon.org

 

Marcy Siriwardene
Planning & Zoning Technician
Office: (541) 881-3224
Fax: (541) 881-3251
Email: marcy.siriwardene@ontariooregon.org

 

Ontario Downtown Facade Grant Program

The Revitalize Ontario and the City of Ontario are in partnership for a revitalization program which is mirrored after the nationwide Main Street Program.  The Main Street Program is based on the preservation of historically significant structures and is designed to bring economic revitalization to downtown areas.  To this end, the Ontario Downtown Facade Grant Program has been established to encourage property owners in their restoration and preservation efforts by providing financial incentives.

The Facade Grant Program is specifically designed for the preservation and/or restoration of historic building facades.  The program utilizes public funds to entice private investment by property and business owners interested in rehabilitating and restoring downtown commercial structures, stressing and highlighting their historic significance.  The goals of this program are to encourage historic preservation through restoration of downtown structures, and to abate any continued deterioration of downtown by restoring the uniqueness, character and integrity of downtown structures to the period of their construction.  The city is looking into the establishment of a Certified Local Government Commission (CLGC) which will consist of five (5) Commissioners who will eventually review facade projects.

Pending the establishment of the CLGC, to qualify for assistance, an applicant must comply with the Historic Downtown Facade Improvement Program guidelines, and projects must be approved by the City/Facade Committee.

For more information on the Ontario Downtown Facade Grant Program download the Grant Criteria and Guidelines and the City of Ontario Facade Grant Program Application below or stop by the City of Ontario Planning Department in the City Annex Building located at 458 SW 3rd Street and visit with Community Development Director Dan Cummings or Planning Technician Marcy Siriwardene.

Contact can also be made with Councilor Charlotte Fugate by phone or e-mail at:

Charlotte Fugate
Ontario City Councilor
Phone: (541) 889-1996
Email:  charfugate@fmtc.com