To the editor:

The 2019 Kendallville Redevelopment Commission (RDC) Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program is now well underway for another great year of serving the downtown/Main Street businesses with this program.

We are starting the year with an initial grant budget of $60,000. If the demand requires it, and our Downtown TIF revenue is sufficient, we can roll over additional funds, if necessary, to assist these businesses. To be eligible for this program, these businesses must be located within the boundaries of the Downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. from Rush Street to the railroad tracks, and State Street to Orchard Street.

We are early in the construction season, but we would encourage any downtown property owners, or tenants, to submit their applications to us. The RDC meets on the second Wednesday of each month, but we will call a special meeting, if necessary, to accommodate the applicant. To be fair, we will process any new applications in the order they are received, and award as many grants as our 2019 budget will allow.

 If there are any questions about the 2019 Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program, the downtown property owners, or tenants, are encouraged to contact any of these RDC members: Brad Graden, Lance Harman, Brent Durbin, Loren Allen, Ian Schowe or Ray Scott. The grant application forms can be found at the City Of Kendallville website — — under "Documents," the Kendallville Chamber Member Minute page, or they can be picked up at Mayor SuzAnne Handshoe's office.

Again, we appreciate the investments these downtown business and property owner grant recipients have made in our Kendallville community, and are pleased to help them in any way we can. We are sure the entire Kendallville community will join us as we look forward to the property improvements that will take place during this 2019 construction season.

Ray Scott, president

Kendallville Redevelopment Commission

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