More than a dozen Ipswich Central businesses have already expressed an interest in Ipswich City Council’s pilot Façade Improvement Program, which supports the revitalisation of the CBD area and the completion of the Nicholas Street redevelopment.
The pilot Façade Improvement Program (FIP) is designed to encourage building owners and operators to invest in façade renovations, by accessing council’s financial incentive to contribute to the costs of improvement.
The aim of this pilot program is to partner with local businesses to increase economic opportunities through the preservation and improvement of building facades and commercial streetscapes in the eligible pilot area, which will help to increase patronage and ultimately foot traffic.
Council has created draft guidelines for the program and these are open for community consultation via Shape your Ipswich until Sunday 16 February and we welcome your feedback.
“The Façade Improvement Program (FIP) is a pilot designed to provide an incentive to support business in improving their facades, as part of the overall strategy to stimulate wider investment by private business and property owners around the eligible pilot area,” said General Manager of Community, Cultural and Economic Development Ben Pole.
“The improvements are expected to contribute to the street’s atmosphere, overall appeal and create an engaging experience for visitors.”
Council encourages the community to review the draft program guidelines and provide your feedback by 16 February to help shape your Ipswich.