Jamaica Urban Revitalization
Program: Facade and Storefront Renovations
Status: Design 2018, 2019, 2020; Completed (3) 2019
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As part of the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Program, Laura Heim Architect has been selected to work with 20 local property owners and businesses to design and complete exterior building renovation projects which will add charm and clarity to the streetscape experience in the rapidly revitalizing area of Jamaica, Queens. Coordinated by the New York City Business Assistance Corporation, a not-for-profit closely affiliated with the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the program reimburses up to 75% of the cost of the eligible improvements up to a maximum grant. These incremental upgrades and improvements, at the scale of 20 participants, will encourage other properties to join this effort to enhance the experience of downtown Jamaica. Participants to date include restaurants, medical offices/suppliers, legal offices and a beauty salon. The design process involves meeting the business owners to hear their ideas, incorporating and elaborating on them to establish a more consistent approach to the storefronts designs working within guidelines generated by the Jamaica NOW Leadership Council.