Downtown DuBois applying for grant to improve storefronts

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The owner of Brady Street Florist, Jennifer Jackson, has some plans for the former First Commonwealth bank on the corner of Brady and Long streets.

Her plan is to put in stores on the first floor, which means the building will need new windows, awnings and signs.

“I bought my building 6 years ago,” Jackson said. “When we restored it, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I just thought we could bring something to Downtown DuBois.”

A grant could offer some help to Jackson and other downtown businesses.

The Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group is applying for a $50,000 grant through the state’s Keystone Communities Program.

If chosen for the grant, the money could be used to bring upgrades and improvements to storefronts downtown.

“It gives us the opportunity to let those business owners take it into their own hands and make the improvements if they’re not able to make them on their own,” Dan Bowman, manager for the Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group said.

Eddie Tate, owner of Luigi’s Ristorante, said this money would make downtown more attractive to visitors in the area.

“They are so excited when they see this beautiful downtown,” he said. “I tell them it’s come a long way. We were part of the revitalization of downtown DuBois and the grants are very important and very much appreciated.”

The application deadline for the grant is Friday. If DuBois is selected, there would be a separate application process for interested businesses.

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