First grant in Livingston downtown revitalization announced

Thanks to a grant from the Façade & Building Restoration Grant Program, the owners of 103 East Court Square plan to restore it as historically accurate as possible while setting it up for its best long-term use and sustainability.

LIVINGSTON – The city of Livingston’s Downtown Revitalization Committee (LDRC) awarded one grant in the first round of its Façade & Building Restoration Grant Program. The grant was to the owners of 103 East Court Square in the amount of $12,500. 

Plans for the project include using modern products to restore 103 East Court Square to as historically accurate as possible, while setting it up for its best long-term use and sustainability. The project will include correcting the second-floor window situation which is limiting usage, replacing rotten wood, covering and painting the I-beam to blend in. 

The owners plan to remove the paint on brick and hopefully restore the brick, with a new/restored storefront. Door improvements, new store front lights for attraction and safety, new awnings with a single awning to reflect the business name and the relocation of plumbing and electrical on the front and back of the building are other improvements planned. The total estimated cost of the restoration is $30,000.

The original building was constructed around 1905 by W.R. Officer. The northern half of the building was devastated by fire in early 1930. Of the original building, only 101 and 103 East Court Square remain. The owners plan to restore the building’s facade to as close to its original look as possible.

Since only one grant was awarded in this round, the LDRC intends to offer a second grant opportunity in the near future, according to Ray Evans, chairman of the LDRC.  

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