Facade Improvement Grants Available For Some Rahway Businesses

The Rahway Arts District offices recently got a new look. (Photo courtesy of the Rahway  Arts District)

The Rahway Arts District offices recently got a new look. (Photo courtesy of the Rahway Arts District)

RAHWAY — It was the first warm day of spring, with temperatures reaching nearly 60 degrees, and the Rahway Arts District offices at 1591 Irving Street were abuzz with activity. Bold, colorful graphics were being installed in the four large glass windows facing Irving Street. The new graphics were funded through a special facade program offered by the Rahway Redevelopment Agency to businesses within the Special Improvement District.

“We’re really lucky to have this program in Rahway, ” says Rahway Arts District, Inc. executive director Rachael Faillace. “Professionally designed graphics and signage make a big impact on the streetscape and also say a lot about a business. Now our storefront tells a story about Rahway Arts District.”

Designed by Wizdom Media, a graphic/media arts firm located in downtown Rahway, each window image consists of a single strong graphic and a text element: a silhouette of a ballerina (Dance), a family (Community), a jazz saxophonist (Music) and a tree made of handprints (Art). Each image represents an art form or a value of Rahway Arts District.

“This program is very useful to downtown businesses and property owners who want to improve the appearance of their building by installing new signage, awnings or lighting,” says Cindy Solomon, administrator of the Rahway Redevelopment Agency’s facade program. “Grants of up to $5,000 are available to new applicants.”

Rahway business owners and perspective businesses interested in knowing more about this program may contact the Rahway Redevelopment Agency at 732-827-2193, or visit rahwayredevelopmentagency.com.

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