Woodstock helping to beautify facade

WOODSTOCK – Business starts outside a shop’s front door.

That is the belief of Woodstock city officials and one of the reasons for the town’s facade renewal program.

The program is intended to:

  • Promote marketability of the town’s business area
  • Help building owners attract and retain tenants
  • Make streets inviting and more interesting to walk and shop
  • Build civic pride
  • Contribute to the quality of life for residents, workers and visitors

At a recent Economic Development Authority meeting, members of that committee heard a request from town officials requesting that appropriations for the program be increased to $20,000.

The program is funded with $10,000 by the Town Council, which would have to approve the increase at a future council meeting.

The increase would allow the program to fund more applications.

Examples of projects that qualify for the program are:

  • Painting that provides a new color scheme
  • Removal of elements covering any architectural details, such as vinyl or aluminum siding
  • Restoration of architectural details in historic buildings, such as cornices
  • Instillation of lighting for illumination of exterior, or signage, building
  • Enhancing windows, doors, and or framing visible from the street
  • Brick repointing
  • Landscaping, including hardscaping (man-made features used in landscape) that is creative and visually pleasing.

Some examples of projects that would not qualify for assistance are: roofs, parking lots, new construction and interior improvements.