Buildings north of Front Street on Broadway Avenue are pictured here in downtown Tyler on Monday July 17, 2018. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The city of Tyler is looking at revamping a downtown revitalization grant program that has not been in use since 2015.

The program seeks to enhance buildings in the area between Gentry Parkway on the north, Front Street on the south, Palace Avenue on the west and Beckham Avenue on the east.

The Tyler City Council will hear a presentation on the program and consider opening the program to applications. The meeting is at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Tyler City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave.

Under the program, companies can apply for grants to reimburse up to half the cost of a $10,000 project, according to a memo to the City Council from City Manager Ed Broussard. There is $45,000 in funding for the program, the memo says.

The grant can be awarded to property owners who begin approved construction within 60 days of the grant award and complete it within 180 days, the memo says.

Projects can include exterior facade upgrades, accessibility improvements, repair or replacement of exterior signage and lighting, historic reconstruction and certain code upgrades, among other things.

Separately, the City Council passed a resolution July 10 endorsing the city’s application for a federal grant related to downtown revitalization.

Additionally, Smith County, a major owner of downtown property, has hired Fitzpatrick Architects for an assessment related to building needs.



Government Reporter

Erin came to Tyler from Vermont, where she worked for VTDigger.org and previously the Rutland Herald. She received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school.

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