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The city of Sandy has decided to aid the downtown food pantry and thrift store with grant funds from the Façade Improvement Program.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Director Kirsten Pitzer suspects the last time the Sandy Community Action Center was freshly painted was before her predecessors tenure. Vandalism at the Sandy Community Action Center in early June — on top of a broken door — brought the need for renovations to a head, prompting center staff to pursue donations for improvements.

The city of Sandy has decided to aid the downtown food pantry and thrift store with grant funds from the Façade Improvement Program.

The Façade Improvement Program is run through the Sandy Urban Renewal Agency and provides matching grants to aid downtown businesses in exterior renovations to their facilities.

"We're doing a facelift to the entire façade," Director Kirsten Pitzer said. "It's going to help make our building look a lot better."

Funds would go to replace damaged siding, several downspouts, which have taken hits from vehicles frequenting the center and repaint the west wall of the building at 38982 Pioneer Blvd.

Since the new owner of the properties neighboring the center had the land cleared in late May, the chipping paint and overall wear of the west wall has become increasingly apparent. Though it won't be covered by the façade funds, center leaders hope to cover that wall sometime soon with a mural, but for now it could do with a good coat of paint. To accomplish this future improvement, Pitzer said the center staff hopes to work with the city's new arts commission.

From its last call for donations, the center raised around $8,000, an amount the city will match for the upcoming improvements.

None of the money going toward the center's "facelift" will come out of the funds designated for food provisions or delivery.

"We have a lot of big ideas," Pitzer added. "It's really important for our customers and our staff to feel like this is a warm and welcoming place to come to. I think that the improved façade will help that a lot."

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - From its last call for donations, the center raised around $8,000.

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