Storefront Improvement Program

improved storefrontStorefront Improvement ProgramThe City of Soldotna’s Storefront Improvement Program provides a 50% matching grant, up to $7,500, for exterior business remodels in our commercial districts.  This program was created in 2012, and seeks to encourage private investment in our downtown and to beautify the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highway corridors.

How to ApplyThe City accepts applications for the Traditional Storefront Improvement program three times per year, usually in September, June and February. Contact us at planning@soldotna.org or at 907-262-9107 for application deadlines and any questions you may have.

For information about the program and types of projects that are eligible, please see our brochure and the full program guidelines.  After you have reviewed the program guidelines to ensure your project is eligible, fill out an application and be sure to attach drawings or photos that help describe your project. Applications can be turned in at Soldotna City Hall.   The City typically funds 2-3 projects per year.  

See the Results To date, the program has awarded over $90,000 in grant funds to local projects and has leveraged more than $400,000 in private investment in our downtown. Check out our project gallery with the full list of completed projects with before and after photos!

Soldotna’s Storefront Improvement Program Wins State Planning Award The City of Soldotna’s Storefront Improvement Program won the ‘Best Practices’ award at the inaugural state planning awards banquet, held at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage on November 13th, 2012.  See the full list of winners.

The Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association sponsored the event, which recognized six planners and projects from around the state for their contributions in making Alaskan communities stronger through planning.

“This is a great example of how the planning process can improve our communities, “ said Maryellen Tuttell, AICP, President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association. “You often hear that plans just ‘sit on the shelf’ and it is nice to see when something from a comprehensive plan is put into action and makes a difference.”
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