Two New Milford businesses get facade grants
Two local businesses have received facade grants from the Corporation for New Milford Economic Development.
Michael Gold, who owns the building and is also a Town Council member, said he plans to use the $2,500 grant to repair and preserve the Edwarian slate roof at 42 Main Street. The building was built around 1852 and has housed the Geron Nursing & Respite Care, Inc. since 2005.
The building is an example of a Greek-Revial period house, which the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation calls a “real gem,” according to a press release.
Geron has been in New Milford since 1990 and has about 100 caregivers who help the elderly in their homes.
The second grant is $832 and was presented to the Safari Collective, which will use the money for a new sign from New Milford Sign Shop, as well as an outdoor bench and planter for the artisan shop, at 28 Railroad Street.
The Safari Collective offers ethically-made goods by American artisans that support sustainable practices. About 20 percent of their goods are made by local artisans.
The Corporation has money available for façade improvement projects in the Village Center and loan programs for businesses throughout the town.
Business owners interested in applying for these programs should contact Kathy Castagnetta, community investment officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.