Hardware Hank is the third business in downtown Boulder to be approved for facade improvements through the Boulder Facade Improvement Program.

Owner Cory Kirsch applied to repair brick on the west exterior wall and replace stone with matching brick on the exterior wall facing West Second Avenue.

The estimated cost is $4,200, according to Kirsch’s application. 

The application was approved April 22 by the Boulder City Council. 

The two other organizations that have been approved for facade improvements are Boulder Basin Senior Center and the Boulder-Basin Masonic Lodge No. 41. 

The Boulder Basin Senior Center applied for funds for a new roof, according to City Clerk Ellen Harne. The Masonic Lodge improvements included outdoor LED lighting, repairing or painting the front door, soffit and fascia and some roof repairs. 

The program fully funds projects up to $7,500 and is financed by the Boulder Development Fund. The program aims to improve the appearance and quality of buildings located in downtown Boulder. Potential improvements include window repair, new or rehabilitated signage, restoration or repair of sidewalks, masonry repair and similar projects.

Activities not eligible for the grant include indoor rehabilitation unless it’s necessary to improve the exterior facade, refinancing existing debt, general business expenses and others, according to the program parameters. 

Originally designed for businesses, a lack of applicants led the city to expand the eligibility to include homeowners, Jefferson High School and other Boulder Main Street entities without a business license.

The individual grant amount was also increased from $5,000 to $7,500, and the 50/50 matching portion, to be provided by the applicant, was also removed.

The Boulder Development Fund board originally set a $50,000 limit for the program. However, that amount was adjusted to $34,000 in March to reallocate funds to cover the cost of expanding City Hall after a hoped-for state funding fell through.


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