In November 2016, Brent’s Elite Cleaners, located at 25th and Wheeler, caught fire. IFD was able to contain the blaze; however, the business sustained significant fire and smoke damage. In 2017, the business applied for and received a Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Grant from LISC and partners that allowed them to make major improvements after the fire including fixing the exterior brick, windows, door, awning and signage, and interior improvements including floor resurfacing, new front lobby counters and a new bathroom. Elite Cleaners opened their doors again in early 2018.
The Small Business and Property Improvement Grant is a rebate program where business and property owners receive reimbursement for up to 50 percent of the cost of the project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 for completed work, as well as free architectural consultation to maximize visual impact. Businesses are selected through a competitive process and must work in partnership with their local neighborhood development groups to receive funds and complete their project. The next deadline for submission is April 13 . Click here to learn more and fill out the online application.