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Program Launched to Improve Downtown Waltham Storefronts

Anybody who wants assistance in fixing their storefront can contact the DWP at 781-923-0808.

Main Street (file photo)
Main Street (file photo)

The Downtown Waltham Partnership has announced a new program to improve storefronts in downtown Waltham.

"Improving a storefront is one of the most important investments a store owner can make," Downtown Waltham Partnership Executive Director Charnan Bray told the group's annual meeting on Jan. 7. 

Under the program, business owners would apply for assistance in improving their storefront's appearance, including possibly getting a new sign and awning. 

Funding for the program would come from several sources. For every dollar a business owner would pitch in, the DWP would match it up to $6,000, Bray said. The DWP plans to apply for grants for the program and is exploring a loan program with Brookline Bank. The bank recently opened a branch in Waltham. 

The programs is part of the DWP's larger effort to improve the downtown corridor, which includes two recently approved amendments to allow for bakeries and delis in the downtown, Bray said. 

Anybody who wants assistance in fixing their storefront can contact the DWP at 781-923-0808.

Local Boy January 09, 2014 at 07:38 PM
All for it. There are some sad looking store fronts on Moody when compared to some of the glitzy restaurants. Fix them up.
Walthamguy January 10, 2014 at 12:47 AM
Presumably the DWP has contacted neighboring communities to compare notes regarding what initiatives have worked for them, given the MUCH better appearance of their city-center areas...

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