DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION AND FACADES
The Montrose Restoration Committee formed in August 2000, as a grassroots effort to preserve the architectural, economic, and cultural integrity of downtown Montrose. Armed with a can-do attitude, some paint, and a host of volunteers, we returned 15 storefronts to their original beauty. During this period, we initiated efforts to join the Main Street program of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in Harrisburg, which gives assistance to large and mid-sized communities attempting downtown revitalization projects. In July 2002, Montrose became the first Main Street Affiliate in Pennsylvania, taking advantage of the PDC's extension of the Main Street Program that benefits towns too small to otherwise qualify for State funding.
This status meant Montrose Borough received matching funds from the State to give to building owners who wanted to improve their facades. The Borough entrusted MRC to administer the downtown facade grant. MRC's design committee gave free design assistance including help with color schemes, signage, and guidelines for restoring and maintaining period architecture. Those who met design recommendations were eligible to receive up to 50% of the cost of labor and materials, to a maximum of $2500 per building.
MRC is very proud of the transformation of much of Public Avenue, Church Street, and South Main Street. Special thanks go to Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development for making these funds available to the Montrose Borough and to the Montrose Borough for allowing MRC to administer these funds and direct the project.