Historic Facade Improvement Program
Preserving the Past. Preparing for the Future.
In Luverne, Minnesota, modern opportunities meet yesterday’s valued traditions. With a focus on the future, we have a vision to restore the historical charm of buildings and structures on Main Street through the Downtown Historic Façade Improvement Program.
To support the revitalization of Main Street and downtown Luverne, the city has created a program to encourage businesses to make history again, restoring buildings as closely as possible to their historic appearance from 1878-1948.
The Historic Facade Improvement Program offers FREE technical assistance for architectural design services as well as financial assistance in the form of loans and grants. As a part of this program, owners can drastically reduce the cost restoring a building to its historic appearance with funding assistance as follows:
Funding provided through the program can be used for:
In addition, the city will cover architectural costs for a professional design proposal to ensure projects align with the goal of a historic Main Street.
READY TO APPLY? Here's the Process:
APPLY by contacting the Economic Development Authority (EDA) to evaluate your storefront including construction materials, features, design elements and historic photos. A $100 application fee applies. Application is at the bottom of this page.
Revitalization is key to preserving the charm of our city by promoting its unique culture, identity and sense of place. It promotes a wider diversity, allowing old and new to coexist successfully, and attracts residents and visitors to the downtown area to patronize businesses and build community.
It also has economic advantages: