Our rich historic architecture is one of the principal reasons that people choose to visit, open businesses, and live downtown, so it is vital to maintain and improve the building stock. The Downtown Partners Design committee works to encourage appropriate and attractive building upgrades through several programs.
Façade Loan Improvement Program
With the Downtown Partners Facade Loan Improvement Program, applicants may borrow up to $5,000 or 50% of the cost of façade improvements at a 0% interest rate. The DPI Design committee will review your design and application to see if it meets the criteria.
Download the Façade Improvement Loan Program Application
Design Assistance Program
Since Burlington is a Main Street community, downtown property owners are eligible for design assistance from Main Street Iowa at no cost and no obligation. The Main Street Iowa design consultant works with property owners to develop maintenance plans and façade upgrades for buildings in the downtown district. Along with architectural renderings of possible improvements, the owner receives suggestions regarding signage, awnings, paint colors, and appropriate care. For more information, download the application and call Downtown Partners at 319-752-6365 about scheduling a design visit.
Download the Design Assistance Application
Here is an example of the recommendations provided by the Design Assistance Program.
Additional grants and loan programs for building improvement may become available throughout the year.