J. What are the criteria for rating grant applications?
Award of a grant is a discretionary decision by CCRT based on the criteria below. Award of grants may also be competitive should there be more quality projects than funds available. Note that it is not necessary to meet all criteria to have a project which qualifies for a grant.
1. Consistent Design- Required. The applicant must demonstrate that the design for the building/business is consistent will all multiple grant applications associated with that building. A single building with more than one storefront business or facade is eligible for funds for only one design, but each independent tenant business' storefront (must have a separate mailing address and direct entrance off the street) is eligible for grant funding. A store with a front and a back door counts as just one storefront.
2. Critical need. Special consideration will be given, if there is a safety risk to the public or need to bring the building’s facade into building code compliance.
3. Historic Character. The project will rehabilitate a building or business storefront in keeping with the historic character of Chehalis.
4. More bounce for the ounce. The facade project will make a noticeable improvement to the downtown.
5. Location. Facade project in the Main Street service area.
6. Qualified Professionals and Contractors. It is preferred that the project will include qualified professionals and contractors with experience. However, sweat equity may be considered in the total project costs, if the applicant demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and experience in performing work associated with the project.
7. Completed Application. Those grant applications that are complete will have preference over those that do not; first-come, first-approved.
8. Ready for Start.
a. If a sign and/or building permit is required, a facade improvement project that has received a sign and/or building permit approval or a determination that the project is exempt from a sign and/or building permit will have preference over those that do not yet have approval or exempt determination.
b. The project is shown to have a viable schedule for completion within 120 days of award of grant.
c. All signs should comply with the codes listed in Chehalis Municipal Code 17.86.
9. Design Considerations: The following criteria will be used when a project includes one or more of these elements:
i. Awnings should be of high quality material.
ii. Awnings should have a traditional shape such as a tent shape or be rounded when the opening is arched.
i. Signs should be of high quality material.
ii. Signs must be appropriate to the scale and design compatible with the building and other buildings on the block. Lettering should be of a scale and design that is appropriate to the building.
c. Paint Color
i. Paint color should be, at a minimum, appropriate to the style and setting of the building. Color selection should complement the building, as well as other buildings in the block.
ii. Color schemes for wall and major decorative trim or details should be kept simple; in most cases, the color or colors chosen for a storefront should be used on other painted exterior detailing (windows, shutter, cornice, etc.) to unify upper and lower portions of the facade.
d. Windows & Doors
i. The original form and materials used in windows is encouraged to be preserved.
ii. When replacing windows and doors, use of high energy efficient windows is encouraged.