The RIF is designed to aid in the refurbishing and repair of building facades - or what is typically referred to as the building's "storefront." The emphasis of the program is to focus on the preservation of the building's architectural character and design.
The RIF Program targets commercial buildings in the Cherokee Renewal District
which offer the greatest opportunity for improvement and elimination of building vacancies, and which are dedicated to retail establishments.
Businesses must apply for redevelopment incentive funds, and the funds are limited to the following items: awning treatments; replacement of signage or siding; window and door upgrades; masonry repair; cornice repair; and new paint.
Jay and Mollie Loughlin of Cherokee were recently awarded a $2,400 grant from the Redevelopment Incentive Fund. The Loughlins applied for the grant to help offset the cost of new windows they installed in their building on Cherokee's West Main Street. The 1888 building houses The Book Vine in the east side of the building and The Main Street Pharmacy, which will open soon, in the west side.