PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, joined by local business owners and business
leaders, announced the launch of a new storefront improvement program this morning.
The program will support the revitalization of building facades and small businesses
across Providence. The initiative is one of the steps identified in Mayor Taveras’
20-point economic development plan, Putting Providence Back to Work.
«Providence is known for its diverse, historic neighborhoods, which are anchored by
small businesses,» said Mayor Taveras. «The storefront improvement program is
designed to attract customers to existing businesses, revitalize local business
districts, and enhance the beauty and safety of Providence’s neighborhoods.»
Participating businesses are eligible to receive reimbursements for 50-percent of
eligible storefront costs, up to $10,000. The city’s Department of Economic
Development will assist small businesses that wish to make changes to their exterior
storefronts, including awnings, signage, windows, doors, permanent landscaping, and
façade improvements. The program is open to small businesses with 18 or fewer
This morning’s announcement was held at Los Andes Restaurant on Chalkstone Avenue.
«We’re excited to see a new storefront improvement program in Providence and look
forward to applying for funding to help revitalize our restaurant,» said Cesin Curi,
co-owner of Los Andes Restaurant. «Customers are often attracted by the look of our
storefronts and the funding will help us to draw new customers while beautifying our
To be eligible for the program, a business must meet at least one of the following
· Business serves a predominantly low/moderate income population
· Business will be able to create a job for a low/moderate income individual
· Business will be removing neighborhood blight as part of the project
The program is funded with $250,000 from the Providence Economic Development
Partnership, and applications will be accepted, reviewed and approved on a rolling
basis, based on the availability of funding.
«This is a great opportunity to make a direct impact in the economic well-being of
our small businesses, while improving the quality of life of our neighborhoods,»
said James S. Bennett, director of economic development.
More information is available at