The following businesses have been awarded façade funding to make improvements at their business district locations in downtown Wiggins:
1) Farmer’s Leasing, owner Ed Farmer, located at 202 East Cavers Avenue.
The project includes cleaning and painting metal window trim and replacing the entrance and damaged windows. The improvement plan includes lowering an existing sign, landscaping and replacing rotting fascia boards.
2) Paul Hardy Properties, owner Paul Hardy, located at 135 Pine Avenue East.
The project includes repairing and painting the building exterior and trim, replacing materials under the porch roof and installing accent lighting.
3) First Street Lofts, owner, Noah Nirschel, located at 143 First Street South.
The project includes brick & mortar repair, exterior painting, along with replacing or repairing damaged wood window frames, rebuilding the awning and replacing the exterior door.
The purpose of the façade grant program is to improve the utilization and aesthetics of the downtown district and retain and attract businesses.
The total amount awarded will be $50,000; Mississippi Power provided $25,000, which is matched by Stone County EDP. The first phase of funding totaled about $10,000 to the three businesses.
Beginning today, businesses located in the central business district of Wiggins will have the opportunity to apply for the second phase of façade funding. The deadline to apply is by the end of next month—July 31, 2022.
Contact SCEDP at 601-928-5418 for information on grant guidelines and to receive an application.