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November 1, 2017

City Hosts Informational Meeting on Life Safety Grant Program

On Monday, November 13, 2017, the City of Bryan Development Services Department will host an informational meeting on the Life Safety Grant Program at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers of the Municipal Office Building. The goal of this matching grant program is to provide financial assistance to downtown business owners for the installation of and compliance with International Building Code fire suppression and safety code requirements.

WHAT: Life Safety Grant Program Informational Meeting
WHEN: Monday, November 13th – 5:30 PM
WHERE: City of Bryan Municipal Office Building – 300 South Texas Avenue – Council Chambers

Objectives of the program include:

  • Encouraging the elimination of conditions that could be a serious growing menace, injurious to public health, safety and welfare;
  • Encouraging private investment in commercial and multi-family housing downtown through the use of public incentives;
  • Stimulating economic and business development downtown by providing safe environments for workers, businesses and the public; and
  • Stimulating redevelopment to increase sales tax revenues and property values.

Many of the buildings in historic downtown Bryan were constructed prior to the existing fire safety code requirements and were developed in close proximity to one another, thus creating a greater fire hazard. Life safety improvements required by current building code and eligible for funding include but are not limited to the installation of fire rated windows and doors, sprinkler systems, alarm systems and separation requirements. These types of improvements can be cost prohibitive. To assist business owners, the Bryan City Council first approved this matching grant program in June 2016 and has allocated $100,000 for fiscal year 2018. Bryan City Council recently approved a change to the initial program that allows existing businesses already open to also be eligible to receive these funds. Previous to this year, the grant was only open to applicants with a vacant building or a business not yet open in downtown.

Buildings located along Bryan Avenue and Main Street, between West Martin Luther King and West 29th Street, can apply for the Life Safety Grant Program. Funds are awarded for up to 50 percent of the total estimated cost and up to $35,000 for each life safety improvement. If a property is applying for grant funds for more than one life safety improvement, then the total of grants awarded to a property may not exceed $50,000. Grant recipients will be required to match the funds dollar-for-dollar. Grant applications are received and awarded on a first come, first served basis.

The grant guidelines are available online at bryantx.gov/lifesafety. For more information about the matching grant program, please contact Stephanie Doland, Project Planner, at sdoland@bryantx.gov or (979) 209-5030.

 
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