by Cameron Dodd – Presidio International
The Presidio Municipal Development District is ironing out the details of a new renovation assistance program that would reimburse business owners for exterior painting costs.
The PMDD approved at their November meeting the launch of a pilot renovation assistance program aimed to assist in beautifying downtown Presidio. Under the program, the PMDD will make five reimbursements up to $1,000 available on a first come, first serve basis in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Businesses that operate at least 40 hours each week and rental property owners are eligible. Business owners must submit plans for their repainting project to the PMDD board for approval and must plan on buying paint from local Presidio vendors.
“We’re excited about the prospect of painting Presidio,” PMDD Executive Director Brad Newton told the Presidio International. “We want our businesses to be more attractive to local shoppers and more inviting for tourists.”
Although the program does not have any restrictions on which colors business owners use, the PMDD board is encouraging applicants to consider colors that fit with an “American southwest” theme, such as the sandy brown of the Big Bend Telephone office or Saint Francis Plaza.
Business owners whose projects are approved in advance can submit their paint receipts to the PMDD for reimbursement up to $1,000.
The pilot renovation program is the first initiative of the PMDD’s business retention program, spearheaded by PMDD Board President Rogelio Zubia. PMDD has several projects focused on attracting new businesses to Presidio. The business retention program was launched earlier this year with the goal of assisting existing local businesses.