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Tempe launches program to give businesses a facelift

The plan applies to the mapped area in Tempe. (Photo: City of Tempe)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe business owners have a new option for assistance in improving the appearance of their buildings.

Nikki Ripley with the city of Tempe said a new program called the Storefront Improvement Program is the first citywide program of its kind in Arizona.

When businesses look better, they bring in more customers and dollars. Tempe is helping businesses with everything from waivers of permit, planning and design review fees to helping businesses put in new windows, doors, paint, better lighting, signs, ADA accessibility and reimbursing them for about half of the cost.

"This benefits the city economy in terms of sales tax revenue and the neighbors can feel better about living near these improved businesses," said Ripley.

There are two versions of the program depending on where the business is located. For more information, click here.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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