October 23, 2014

DDA approves over $55,000 in grants

By Tim Barnum|Staff writer
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STANDISH — Several businesses in Standish will look spiffier than ever thanks to the Standish Downtown Development Authority (DDA), which approved approximately $55,226 in grants to businesses in the city’s downtown district on June 9.

“If all the businesses (receiving grants) do what they say they’re going to do, that $53,000 is going to get $180,000 in improvements,” said DDA Chairman Curt Hillman, adding the DDA grants are actually reimbursements to businesses after the enterprise makes improvements. “They (business) have to provide paid invoices and cancelled checks. … If they don’t, they won’t get the money.”

Hillman says all the businesses that applied for the grants, which are funded through a tax increment finance authority, a tax increase based on raising valuation of businesses due to improvements, were accepted.

He added the grants should make the downtown area in Standish more aesthetically appealing.

“The primary objective is to make the businesses be more attractive,” Hillman said. “Beautification is really the goal.”

According to Hillman, the DDA will grant half of an investment up to $5,000.

“If they (business owners) have a project that’s going to cost $20,000 to do, we only give $5,000,” he said.

He says allocating the funds this way helps the DDA to disperse funds to more businesses each year.

Businesses receiving awards


Arenac Abstract and Title: $1,174

Dr. Brummer: $336.15

Bushwackerz: $5,000

DJL Leasing: $5,000

Dzuiban Properties (Little Joe’s): $5,000

Dzuiban Properties (N. Main Street): $4,375

Forwards Corporation: $5,000

H & R Block: $4,087.50

Haines-Martin Properties, LLC.: $5,000

Independent Bank: $5,000

Myles and Sons Insurance Agency: $5,000

North Forest Café: $2,754

Sequin’s Lumber: $5,000

Taco Bell: $2,500

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