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Culpeper getting revitalization for downtown

Older buildings are getting special attention in Culpeper.

Culpeper Renaissance, a member of the Virginia Main Street program, is launching an incentive plan to support and revitalize the historic downtown corridor.

It also is partnering with the town of Culpeper Architectural Review Board to host a free seminar on maintaining old buildings on June 25.

CRI’s new Façade, Sign & Awning Improvement Grant Program will offer 50–50 matching grants for the maintenance and rehabilitation needs of downtown Culpeper commercial or mixed commercial–residen tial buildings to interested and qualified building and business owners.

Grants may be awarded for up to 50 percent of the total cost of qualified façade restorations, repairs or rehabilitations. The program’s annual budget is $10,000, and the maximum grant award is $2,500 for façades and $500 for signs or awnings.

“This grant program is a great opportunity for downtown businesses to increase business by improving their curb appeal and foot traffic while minimizing the financial impact of these improvements,” said Steve Miller, CRI design committee chair, in a press release.

The “Tips to Maintain Your Old Building” seminar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Culpeper Center, 137 S. Main St.

“The goal of the seminar is to provide owners of historic homes and buildings with a basic knowledge of issues related to restoring and preserving their investment,” said Chris Martin, chair of CRI’s economic restructuring committee, in a press release.

The seminar will be divided into three segments and led by experts. They are:

“Maintenance of Downtown Buildings” by Kathleen Frazier, principal of Frazier Associates. She has extensive experience in historic preservation, is familiar with historic tax credit funding mechanisms and oversees design services for the Virginia Main Street Program.

“Understanding Old Brick and Mortar” by Christopher Hamilton, a Class A contractor specializing in older buildings, Culpeper ARB chairman and member of the CRI economic restructuring committee and State Theatre board of directors.

“Understanding the Role of the Architectural Review Board in Maintenance, Preservation and Revitalization” by Michael Lysczek, owner of Michael Lysczek Architect and a Culpeper ARB member.

In addition, Kelsey Carlson, CRI president, will discuss services that his organization offers downtown property owners.

To register for the seminar or get additional information about it or the grant program, call the CRI office at 540/825-4416 or email

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407