Laycoff’s gets new look through façade grant program

Fort Wayne's Commercial Façade Grant program was launched in 2008

Laycoff’s Tavern at 3530 N. Clinton St. received a 2016 Commercial Façade Grant from the City’s Community Development Division and used the matching grant to give the restaurant a brand new look. (City of Fort Wayne)
Laycoff’s Tavern at 3530 N. Clinton St. received a 2016 Commercial Façade Grant from the City’s Community Development Division and used the matching grant to give the restaurant a brand new look. (City of Fort Wayne)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Laycoff’s Tavern has a new look, a makeover funded in part by the city’s Commercial Façade Grant program.

Laycoff’s Tavern owner Jim Sullivan unveiled his restaurant’s fresh look on Wednesday. The building, located at 3530 N. Clinton St., now features an exterior with a new stone façade, a resurfaced and re-striped parking lot, new paint, a new sign and lighting.

The city’s Commercial Façade Grant program matched Sullivan’s $20,000 investment with a $20,000 grant to achieve the renovations.

“Without the Commercial Façade Grant, I would not have been able to make such significant changes to my building,” said Sullivan. “This is a great program for helping small business owners invest in their properties.”

Laycoff’s Tavern at 3530 N. Clinton St. as previously shown before a facade grant-funded makeover. (City of Fort Wayne)
Laycoff’s Tavern at 3530 N. Clinton St. as previously shown before a facade grant-funded makeover. (City of Fort Wayne)

Community Development director Greg Leatherman said Laycoff’s new look is a testament to the possibilities of the grant program.

“Laycoff’s is a great example of what the Commercial Façade Grant program is all about,” said Leatherman. “The grant allows local entrepreneurs to beautify high-traffic corridors, attract more customers and strengthen their neighborhoods.”

Five other Fort Wayne businesses received facade grant dollars through the 2016 program, including:

  • Junk Ditch Brewery at 1821/1825 W. Main St.
  • CBLA shopping center at 5501 S. Anthony Blvd.
  • Mon Asian Grocery Store at 3028 S. Calhoun St.
  • Jack Laurie Flooring at 2020 E. Washington Blvd.
  • New Image Printing at 3233 Lafayette St.

The city’s Commercial Façade Grant program was launched in 2008. It is designed to help business owners make improvements to the exterior of commercial properties, including new siding, architectural features, signage, lighting, awnings, parking improvements, decorative fencing and more. The city offers dollar-for-dollar matches through the program.

Applications for the 2017 Commercial Façade Grant program are being accepted through Dec. 12. Applications are available at www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/facade.