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Livingston County creates “Extreme Makeover: Liv Co Edition” to provide grants for commercial buildings

Livingston County Economic Development is committed to transformative revitalization that preserves and enhances the charm and character of the communities in Livingston County. Extreme Makeover: Liv Co Edition is a new funding program that provides matching grant funds to help transform commercial and mixed-use buildings that are key to local revitalization efforts. These renovations will attract new visitors and boost the quality of life in the region by creating unique spaces for new and expanding businesses. Livingston County is looking for projects that will create a draw and help drive visitor traffic.

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Eligible activities include façade restoration and preparing commercial space for tenants. When ancillary to commercial renovations, projects can also include residential improvements, site work, and professional service expenses. “Extreme Makeover: Liv Co Edition will be a catalyst for building and business owners who have a vision for creating an exciting and inviting destination in Livingston County,” says Director of Economic Development, Bill Bacon. “We’ve seen much success implementing the state’s New York Main Street program, but that source only allows us to work in one community at a time. The locally created Extreme Makeover program will allow us to fund the most transformative projects county-wide,” notes Bacon.

Eligible applicants include building owners or business owners who can provide written acknowledgment from the building owner that they are allowed to make renovations to the building. Applicants can request between $7,500 and $100,000 per application for a substantial
renovation of commercial or mixed-use buildings. No more than 60% of the total project costs can be funded by the program.

Funds will be provided as a reimbursement for completed eligible work. Projects located in a designated downtown district must comply with the Livingston County Downtown Design Guidelines to ensure compatibility with the existing Main Street, helping to create a uniform and coordinated streetscape that is attractive and functional. Projects must produce a finished commercial space with a certificate of occupancy.

Funding will be awarded through a competitive process and applications will be evaluated based on need and impact. Depending on demand, projects may be awarded less than requested. Applications are due September 24th and awards will be announced on October 1, 2021.

For more information on Extreme Makeover: Liv Co Edition and to download the application, visit or contact Livingston County Economic Development at 585-243- 7124.