Applications for Urban Improvement Grants being accepted

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The City of Salisbury's Community Appearance Commission is accepting applications for two grant programs designed to improve urban properties in the City.

Property owners in the Municipal Service District (MSD) and along the Innes Street Corridor are eligible to apply for financial grants that are funded by the City.

The City's improvement grant programs offer financial incentives through matching grants for business and property owners to upgrade building facades, parking lots, signage and landscaping. Only new projects that have not yet begun will be considered.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year as long as funds remain, and all projects must be completed by May 30, 2015.

The 24-block Municipal Service District is bounded by Jackson Street to Long Street and from Horah Street to Cemetery Street. The downtown area MSD was established in the early 1980's to provide a mechanism for generating tax revenues for downtown area improvements.

The Innes Street Improvement Grants Program was started in 1996 as a result of the recommendations of a study by the Urban Design Assistance Team that recognized the Innes Street Corridor as essential to the future of Salisbury.

Improvement of the corridor also is part of the Salisbury Vision 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Together, the two programs have generated over $12 million in private improvements from $850,000 in public dollars invested since 1981.

Full guidelines and applications are online at then type Community Appearance in the search box. Or contact Salisbury Urban Design Planner Lynn Raker at 704-638-5235 or Submit applications to the Community Planning Services office at 217 South Main Street.