Consolidated Building Improvement Program 2024

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The purpose of the Consolidated Building Improvement Program (CBIP, the Program) is to promote revitalization and adaptive reuse of existing buildings within the City of Taneytown’s Sustainable Community geography as designated by the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). The CBIP is an outgrowth of the City’s previously underleveraged façade improvement program. The Program continues to make funding available for façade improvements, reimbursing property or business owners for up to 50% of the approved costs of exterior improvements while also incentivizing interior commercial rehabilitation by reimbursing property or business owners up to 75% of the approved costs of interior improvements to commercial spaces.

Funding for the CBIP was awarded by DHCD via the Community Legacy grant program. As with all funding through DHCD, projects hoping to receive funding through the Program must be submitted by City staff to DHCD and/or the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) for review before any work can begin. DHCD/MHT ensure that work is not contrary to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, which is the standard that the State of Maryland has adopted to protect its historic structures. Rejection of a project by DHCD/MHT does not prevent the project from being completed, but it does make the project ineligible for funding through CBIP. CBIP funding will not be awarded to any project that takes place before City staff submits the project to DHCD and/or MHT for review, regardless of whether the project would have been approved or rejected upon review.

Funding awarded through CBIP is competitive. For the current (FY24) cycle, the City has $50,000 available. A three-person committee reviews all CBIP applications, scoring them based on a rubric that is included in this packet. The rubric ensures funding will be awarded to the projects most aligned with the City’s economic development priorities. Priorities include putting vacant commercial spaces into use, improving the commercial usability of underutilized commercial spaces, encouraging food and beverage and certain cosmetology businesses, and improving the curb appeal of both commercial and residential buildings.

The review committee is composed of the City of Taneytown Economic Development Director and two economic development professionals unaffiliated with the City of Taneytown; none of the reviewers owns or has a financial interest in any property in the Sustainable Community district. For the current (FY24) cycle, the additional reviewers are the Thurmont Main Street Manager and the City of Westminster Economic Development Coordinator. Decisions of the review committee are final.

Financial assistance awarded through CBIP will be in the form of a reimbursement check issued by the City of Taneytown. Reimbursement will only be issued upon completion of an approved project. To receive reimbursement, the property owner or tenant must submit a Request for Payment which will include copies or photographs of invoices, copies or photographs of checks or credit card receipts, and photographs of the completed project. Payment for approved Requests for Payment will be mailed by the City of Taneytown to the recipient 14-21 days after requests are submitted. All projects using funding from the current (FY24) cycle must be completed and requests for payment submitted by 4:00pm on Friday, June 13, 2025.
By participating in CBIP, property owners and/or tenants consent to photographs of their property being submitted by the City to DHCD and/or MHT and used in City promotional materials.
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ALL APPLICATIONS & ATTACHMENTS ARE DUE AT
4:00PM ON FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2024.
All applicants must sign the application, print or type their name, and date it.
Applications may be submitted on hard copy in person at
Taneytown City Hall, 17 E. Baltimore Street, Taneytown, MD 21787 or
by digitally to jmeashey@taneytownmd.gov.
Awardees will be notified by email on Monday, July 22, 2024.