This month, Jon Berg will begin improvements on his building, three downtown store fronts

Canby's City Council members discussed façade improvements to a downtown building after the regular council meeting at an urban renewal meeting on May 2.

The building is owned by Jon Berg and located at 200 and 210 NW First Ave. and around the corner at 149 N. Holly St., across from the Dahlia project. He's taken bids from contractors and hopes to start the process at the end of May, he told the Herald.

While there are three addresses, it's actually one building, one is a trophy store, another a bike shop and one is currently a vacant shop. Construction includes tearing off the old façade on two sides and adding larger windows with some awnings. He also plans to add new siding, structure, signage and canopies. Currently, he expects a two-tone paint finish, but that could change, he told council members

Council members reacted positively to the changes and several declared his design "beautiful."

"It's costing three times more than I initially thought. But the building really needs it," he said. "It's taken 11 months to get to this step."

He hopes to finish these improvements before December and rent the empty shop when the repairs are finished.

The objective is to revitalize businesses located in Canby's Urban Renewal District boundary.

The city's Urban Renewal Agency offers a program supporting local business owners that seek to beautify their buildings. The program offers grants of up to $1,500 to help create a design with the same amount to help fund construction documents and an additional 50 percent in matching grants up to $25,000 for façade improvement construction. It also provides interest free five-year loans for projects over $50,000.

Property and business owners that want to clean masonry, improve cornices, gutters and downspouts and need exterior siding repair or replacement can sign up for the program. The program also supports exterior painting, accessibility improvements, repair, removal or installation of canopies or awnings and window repair or replacement. It can help with hardware and/or mounting material for blade signs and up to $200 for separate application and structure upgrades.

There are several things it won't do. For example, it doesn't provide support for residential or mixed use developments, refinancing of existing debt, interior improvements, non-permanent fixtures, security systems, personal property or equipment, business inventory, sidewalk or parking improvements, bike rack or fence installation, billboards, already completed design or construction work or individual business signage.

Those requiring support can take steps to begin. The city suggests that potential façade renovators discuss project ideas with Jamie Stickel, Main Street Manager. Program information and applications are found at Next, complete the pre-design services grant application for delivery to the city's Development Services offices or email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find and select an architect or designer. Have the personal service agreement signed by the property owner, architect or designer and Renate Mengelberg, the city's economic development director. Collaborate on a design with the architect or designer.

Early in the process contact Stickel for a meeting to decide on a project idea allowing a review step to meet code, concept and construction with your team and Mengelberg, Stickel and Brian Brown the city's planning director.

The next three steps include finalizing the construction plan, receiving approval from an Urban Renewal Agency meeting, starting construction and then reimbursement.

Since the façade improvements inception, six buildings have completed construction: Bricks & Minifigs, Canby Station, Canby Herald, Countryside Living Building, Ebner's Meats and Cutsforth's Thriftway.

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