The Centertown area of Bedford is listed on the Virginia Register of Historic Places. Click here to see the original application from 1984. As a result, owners of properties in this district may be eligible for additional grants or tax credits. Visit the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for information on those resources.
You can also find information from the Virginia Main Street’s “Resource’s for Virginia’s Downtowns”
Bedford Main Street works with Frazier Associates on architectural renderings for owners looking at making restorations. Businesses or property owners can complete a short 2 page application to have a consultant from Frazier Associates (architecture firm) come review their property and offer façade improvement suggestions drafted together in a bound report with drawings, pictures, and next steps. This consultation can cost nearly $900, but through Main Street, the consultation is completely free of charge. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on that program.
FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT GRANT
Established to provide financial assistance for persons with the designated Centertown Area making improvements or maintenance repairs to exterior facades. For the purpose of this program, the term façade includes upper stories and rear facades (that can be easily seen from a public street). Grants are currently available for up to $250 of the total cost of the improvement project, upon approval by the Design Committee. Each grant must be matched by applicant.
RESEARCH & FACILITATION ASSISTANCE
Sometimes different businesses, property owners and even the Town of Bedford might attempt a project or move into a space that needs improvement and those improvements qualify for grant funding. When applicable, Bedford Main Street will help research and attempt to procure said funding.