LOUISBURG – Louisbourg City Council at its Dec. 6 meeting approved the continuation of the Louisbourg Face Improvement Program (FLIP) for commercial and residential properties through 2022.
Business owners and residents can approach the city when making improvements to the facade of their business or home.
The council doubled the amount of money that can be reimbursed for a residential project, from $500 to $1,000.
A staff report noted that nearly half of the residential projects had improvements over $2,000, with six of those projects having improvements over $3,000 in the past two years.
The program is available to any resident whose property is valued up to $197,750, depending on the city. Residents can receive reimbursement of up to 50% of their project, with the city’s share not to exceed $1,000.
Louisbourg homeowner Pam Bond said she heard about the FLIP program from her daughter who used it to replace windows in her home.
“My little house on Broadway needed a facelift,” Bond said in an email. “A new coat of paint has refreshed it dramatically. I probably wouldn’t have done it without the help of the FLIP program.
As of the December 6 council meeting, $3,574.61 had been awarded under the residential program, with over $11,000 in upgrades.
The council also extended the commercial portion of the FLIP program for 2022.
Business owners who make qualifying improvements to the front of their commercial space can receive up to $2,500 from the City.
Eligible expenses include laying bricks, exterior painting, replacing doors and windows, signage, landscaping and similar projects, according to the city.
Participating businesses are entitled to reimbursement of 40% of their costs, with the city’s share not to exceed $2,500. As of the meeting, nearly $9,500 had been reimbursed to companies for 2021 projects that generated just over $26,000 in improvements.
Information on both programs can be found on the city’s website – www.louisburgkansas.gov – in the News and Announcements section. Applicants to both programs must be pre-approved before starting their project.