Design grants available for businesses

La Perla Jarocha, a business in downtown Webster City, is the most recent recipient of a Webster City Area Development Design Grant.

Webster City Chamber Director Deb Brown presented a check to owner Julia Sosa. This marks the third grant given, Brown said. Previous grants were awarded to Osweilers and Boman Funeral Home.

Brown said the program is intended to stimulate improvements in buildings througout the community by providing cash reimbursements for facade and structural renovations and for improved signage, lighting and awning treatments.

Brown said Webster City Area Deveopmenthas allotted $4,000 in cash inscentives annually for Webster City merchants and property owners to complete renovation project. The program is open for any retail or service business property owner or tenant who is a contributing member of WCAD and the Chamber of Commerce.

Twenty-five percent reimbursement is available for exterior improvements such as awnings, masonry cleaning and repair, paint, signage and window repairs. A 10 percent reimbursement is available for roof repairs, exterior and window lighting. There is a $750 cap per business per year, Brown said. Grants are awarded on a first come first served basis.

Additional information and grant applications are available at the Webster City Area Development office, 628 Second St.