Facelifts coming to downtown buildings

Facelifts are coming to more Downtown Chambersburg buildings next year, thanks to new money from a facade grant program.

Commercial spaces and those with mixed business and residential purposes within a nine-block radius of downtown are eligible for funding.

In December 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Downtown Chambersburg Inc. would receive money from a program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Recipients originally had to be in a 3½-block area on Main Street between Falling Spring Creek and Washington Street; but DCED has extended the reach.

“This new batch of funding is for a larger geographic area,” said DCI President Sam Thrush.

The span now includes parts of Queen, King and 2nd streets, as well as Lincoln Way. Residential buildings are not eligible.

A total of $50,000 is available for distribution for the facelifts, Thrush said.

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The Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg is one of the local businesses receiving previous grant money for facade upgrades. (FCFP photo)

Past projects

Since 2020, more than $40,000 has been awarded for exterior improvements and signs, Thrush said. At least 10 properties have benefited from the monetary awards, which spurred at least $70,000 in downtown facelifts.

Past recipients include MJ Squared, Beam Graphix Custom Print Co., The Capitol Theatre and Bistro 71, as well as the buildings housing Black & Blush Boutique and Merle Norman Cosmetics, plus the one at 19 S. Main St., Thrush said. Other beneficiaries include Council for the Arts, Ludwig’s Jewelers and Here’s Looking at You.

A total of $8,100 is still available from the first round of funding.

“We’re trying to find projects for that right now,” Thrush said.

Application information

Applicants must get at least two quotes as part of the guidelines. If they divide a project into specific aspects (such as wood restoration and painting), at least two quotes are needed for each. Those seeking funds also must file a land-use permit application with the Borough of Chambersburg.


DCI has a five-year contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, but the cycle for the facade grants is one year. A committee choses the recipients. They have a few months after receiving their funds to complete their projects.

Mid-February 2002 is the application deadline.

For more information about the grants, click here, or email dci@chambersburg.org.