Three Sebastian businesses approved for grant-funded improvements

SEBASTIAN – Three businesses in Sebastian’s targeted redevelopment area will receive funding assistance to make improvements to their sites.

Professional Title and Washington Plaza will receive a maximum of $7,500, while HALO will receive a maximum of $4,000 to help offset the costs of new signs, façade improvements and landscaping, the Sebastian City Council, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, decided unanimously.

With the three grants approved, the city will have $7,200 left over to help other businesses. At most, businesses can receive $7,500.

Washington Plaza has plans to replace a pole sign with a monument sign to bring the plaza’s signage into compliance with city code.

Professional Title, too, received funds to install a new monument sign to replace one that was damaged in the hurricanes a few years ago. The business will also use the funds for a new awning, lighting for the signage, irrigation and landscaping.

As for HALO, this is the second time the animal rescue facility has sought and received community redevelopment area funds to fix up its property. Recipients must wait three years between applications, which HALO observed.

This go round, HALO received funds for landscaping improvements along the west side of the property, fronting US 1, irrigation for the landscaping and replacing a small segment of chain link fence with a wood fence near the building.

According to HALO’s application, the landscaping improvements include new sod, additional shrubs for along the fence-line and around the sign, and mulch, as well as irrigation for those improvements.

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