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City spiffs up Bel Aire Shopping Center

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City of Beaverton grants complete storefront improvements for the exterior of shopping center.

The Bel Aire Shopping Center on Allen Boulevard completed storefront improvements earlier this year with help from two city grants.

In the fall of 2015, Bel Aire received a $6,000 design grant coupled with a city-provided architect to re-imagine the exterior of the shopping center resulting in a three phase improvement project. In spring 2016, Bel Aire was awarded an additional $35,000 storefront improvement grant.

Phase 1 improvements included fresh paint, new sidewalk material, planters, updated lighting, unified signage and almost all new signs for stores. Bel Aire will continue to make improvements over the next three to five years, rounding out phases two and three of the project.

The total investment to date is $108,000. Bel Aire Shopping Center is within the Allen Blvd program area, where the city is concentrating revitalization efforts. The city has a variety of grants small businesses in the downtown or Allen Boulevard program areas can apply for including: Tenant improvement, storefront improvement and development opportunity strategy grants. For more information, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/incentives.