KILMARNOCK A fresh new look is in store for shoppers in Kilmarnock.
Thirty-seven property owners and businesses in Kilmarnock have been awarded up to a maximum of
$2,500 each to improve the exterior appearance of their building or store front. Façade improvement
projects are expected to generate upwards of $200,000 private investment and approximately $75,000
in grant reimbursement from the Town of Kilmarnock. “Refresh Kilmarnock is intended to provide
opportunity and economic growth by providing a strong visual impact from the street so that shoppers
want to spend time and money here,” said economic development coordinator Sharon Phillips.
The Façade Refreshment Program grant program is intended to enhance the curb appeal of participating
businesses. Improvements include fresh paint, replacement of awnings, new signs, decals, landscaping,
and other improvements that provide a strong visual impact from the street. The grant program was
initially launched in May 2021 and the application deadline was July 31, 2021. “This program has been
well-received so far, so we wanted to encourage others in town to take part in this opportunity to
refresh their exteriors so we can continue to build on the momentum that it has created along Main
Street and beyond,” said Jeff Szyperski Jr. of the downtown consultancy, ReThink Main Street.
ReThink Main Street was instrumental in the kick off of the Refresh Kilmarnock grant program. A few
businesses in the Steptoe District have completed their renovations and many others are hard at work
beautifying their store fronts. All work associated with the grant program must be completed by
December 31, 2021 so, shoppers are sure to notice the improvements over the next few months.