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Main Street District Brownsville Accepting Applications for Downtown Beautification Program

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The City of Brownsville, in partnership with Main Street District Brownsville and the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), announce the Downtown Beautification Program.

Funded by the BCIC, the Downtown Beautification Program aims to encourage quality redevelopment in Downtown Brownsville by providing grants not to exceed $5,000 to property owners seeking to improve the facades of vacant commercial buildings located within the Main Street District in Downtown Brownsville to promote economic development.

In an effort to achieve a concentrated impact in blight and complement the City's current downtown revitalization efforts, the Downtown Beautification Program's primary focus is on vacant commercial buildings located in the Revitalization Area (encompassing E. Adams Street and E. Washington Street, from E. 11th Street to E. 12th Street) surrounding Market Square.

A cash match of $500 and an in-kind contribution of $500 is required for all applicants. Acceptable in-kind contributions may include additional rehabilitation work, cleaning of the interior building and/or exterior property, and connecting utilities.

Examples of eligible activities for the Downtown Beautification Program include:

  • Painting of commercial building facades;
  • Cleaning of building exteriors;
  • Removal of debris/awnings; and
  • Artistic renderings that highlight the building's historical significance or illustrate the building's potential commercial use.

All applications must be submitted to the Planning & Development Services Department located at:
1034 E. Levee Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520, ATTN: Main Street District Brownsville.

Complete Downtown Beautification Program guidelines and online application are available at: https://www.cob.us/DocumentCenter/View/5326

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