Historic Building Improvement Grant application process open

This is a Sept. 6, 2013 contributed photo of the Boston Store, 716 State St. in downtown Erie.

Erie homeowners and business owners can now improve and preserve their historic properties with the help of the Historic Building Improvement Grant.

This reimbursement grant program is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie in partnership with the City’s Historic Review Commission.

The program provides grants up to $15,000 for qualifying commercial and residential structures for exterior improvements – which includes repairs to windows, doors, porches, roofs, gutters, etc. The funding assistance is for preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation work of structures within designated or potential future historic districts within the City of Erie.

The purpose of the Historic Building Improvement Grant is to provide critical resources to owners of historic properties, to foster an attractive and safe environment for residents, and to preserve the architectural heritage of the City of Erie while enhancing civic pride and a sense of place.

Applications are now available through the City’s Redevelopment Authority website.

There is no deadline to submit your application, but all projects must be under contract by Dec. 31, 2024. The Historic Review Commission will vote on the applications during the commission’s monthly meetings, which are held on the first Monday of each month at 1 p.m. in City Council chambers.  If you have any questions about the grant, or need assistance with the application, contact the Redevelopment Authority 814-460-3096, or email Chris Kinder, Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Erie, at ckinder@erie.pa.us.

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