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Westminster gets Funds for Facades

Property owners can apply for matching funds for improvements thanks to state-allocated grant.

Main Street residents, business and property owners looking to spruce up their exteriors may be able to secure part of $5.5 million awarded to communities across Maryland as part of a state-run grant program.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Wednesday announced the recipients of the Community Legacy program. Westminster was awarded $50,000 for its Façade Improvement Program.

"These awards will go a long way to promoting economic growth, community revitalization, affordable housing and tourism," Lt. Governor Anthony Brown said in a statement.

"I salute the hard work of the recipients of this year's awards, and their commitment to their communities, which will greatly benefit cities and towns all over our state." 

Sherri Hosfeld Joseph, owner of Birdie's Cafe on Main Street in Westminster, recently renovated the facade of her building. She said she was able to complete the project with help from a facade grant.

In total, the grants will fund 58 projects in 19 counties and Baltimore City, according to MDHCH.

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