Architectural Improvement Program
Overview of the Program:
The Architectural Improvement Program (AIP) is designed to enhance the marketplace environment and promote quality investment, use and sustainability of commercial buildings within the City by making funds available for appropriate rehabilitation of existing structures. This program, provided as matching funds, has been approved by the City Council in recognition of the positive impact that architectural improvement can have on the overall appearance, quality and vitality of commercial properties.
Guidelines for the Program:
Qualifying properties must be located in one of the City’s existing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts. To find out if your property is within one of the TIF districts please click here Opens a New Window. to view the map. Project applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with approved projects being eligible to receive matching funds of up to $25,000. Funding is provided to applicants in the form of a forgivable loan, requiring the applicant to maintain improvements for a period of five years. For inquiries about the AIP, please contact Economic Development Planner Jason Michnick at 815-748-2365.
Types of Projects:
Projects are put into one of three tiers, with each tier receiving a different percentage of reimbursement based on the level of improvements.
Major Capital Improvements - 50% Reimbursement
|ADA Compliance||Facade Renovations||Life Safety Equipment|
|Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Upgrades||Architectural Design Fees||Restoration of Historic Architectural Features|
|Fire Alarm and Suppression Systems|
Minor Capital Improvements - 25% Reimbursement
|Exterior Lighting||Tuckpointing||Window & Door Replacement|
|Screening of Unsightly Utilities||Painting|
Deferred Maintenance - 10% Reimbursement
|Roof Repair of Replacement||Gutter Replacement||Stair and Handrail Replacement|
|Floor Surface Repair||Water Damage Repair||Mechanical Replacement|
Documents for Applying:
To schedule a pre-application meeting, please contact Jason Michnick Opens a New Window. .
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is there a minimum amount of money a project must cost to apply?
No, there is no minimum project cost. However, applicants may only be granted funding once every five years, so it may make sense to bundle smaller projects together to take advantage of funding.
How do I know my property is located within a TIF district?
Please click here Opens a New Window. to view our TIF district maps.
What is the limit of how much the City will match?
The limit is $25,000 for matching funds. However, all decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and larger projects may be prioritized over smaller projects.