Los Angeles County Community Development Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Elisa Vásquez, (323) 890-7415, firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Castro, Supervisor Molina’s Office, (213) 703-2823, email@example.com
MOLINA DEDICATES COMMUNITY BUSINESS REVITALIZATION PROJECT
EAST LOS ANGELES (April 7, 2010) – Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, in partnership with the County’s Community Development Commission (CDC), dedicated a 10-storefront Community Business Revitalization Project (CBR) in East Los Angeles today.
“Many of us have driven past business corridors with storefronts that need façade improvements and wondered what a difference that would make. However, some businesses can’t afford to do it alone. This is why we have the CBR program – to help our mom and pop shops – which in turn, help improve the overall aesthetics and amenities of our neighborhoods,” said Molina. “Once one business makes improvements, others follow -- and soon, the entire block is revitalized.”
The storefront CBR project encompasses 10 businesses that received improvements such as new signs, awnings, tile and paint. Built in 1925, the business complex was restored to its historical nature. Project funding included $35,572 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $9,857 from the property owner.
The CBR program, which provides commercial façade improvements to businesses in eligible areas of L.A. County, offers financial and technical assistance as well as design, construction, and inspection services. In addition to the correction of code violations, improvements to building exteriors are provided -- such as paint, signage, windows, doors, awnings, stucco, roof, lighting, and security grills.
Funded through a combination of owner contributions and a maximum of $50,250 in federal, state or local funds, the CBR program is administered by the CDC to help beautify business districts.
For more information on the CBR program, contact the CDC at (323) 890-7001, or visit www.lacdc.org.