The remodeling of the front of the American Legion Post 122 on NW First Avenue is the latest and largest project under the city urban renewal agency’s façade improvement program.

The $90,000 project was also the most expensive project the façade improvement program has been involved in, said Renate Mengelberg, director of city economic development.

The second largest was a $53,792 project updating Grant Station, which houses Bricks & Minifigs, she said.

The URA Façade Improvement Program provides businesses matching grants up to $25,000 for façade improvements, Mengelberg said. That could include siding, painting, canopies and awnings, windows, blade or monument signs or structural upgrades.

There also are grants for preliminary designs and construction drawings, she said.

From the development of an idea to funding improvements, it’s the city partnering with businesses, she said.

The Canby Herald in 2007 was the first participant.

Fifteen businesses have used the program in the last three years.

The Legion and six First Avenue businesses participated in the facade program this year, including Mike’s Place, Gene’s Home Electronics, T-Line Design, Canby Clinic, Advantage Mortgage and Anderson Fair Place.

Participants last year included Ebner’s Meats, Canby Chapel, Countryside Living and Grant Station and the building housing Park Avenue Salon and Canby Quilt and Fabric.

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