ABR Approved Façade Grants for Three Downtown Buildings Project total more than $20,000 in investment


TIFFIN, OHIO – August 18, 2023 – During a meeting Tuesday, August 15th, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved façade grants for three different buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

The ABR approved a $10,000 Façade Enhancement Grant for St. Joseph Catholic Church at 36 Melmore St. to restore one of many stained-glass windows. The $39,600 project was approved for the maximum grant amount. 

Nichole Johnson was approved for a $10,000 Façade Enhancement Grant at 95 S. Monroe St. to repair and replace the roof, soffits, gutters, and downspouts.   

The third Façade Enhancement Grant was granted to Watchtower LLC for re-plaster and stucco to the commercial storefront at 55 Madison St. This project was allocated the remainder of the 2023 Façade Enhancement Grant funds.   

Mayor Iannantuono commented about the positive impact of the Façade Enhancement Grant stating, "It is wonderful to see our downtown buildings continue to be a priority in the eyes of our community. The support of the Architectural Board of Review and hard work of our committed citizens will keep our city beautiful and preserved for years to come"    

The 2023 Façade Enhancement Program continues to be successful with 13 building project approvals for an investment of more than $240,359. Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 116 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.7 million. 

About the Façade Enhancement Program 

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit https://www.tiffinohio.gov/ABR


About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to form “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in Downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the City of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC (now TSEP) umbrella as the “Downtown Development Board,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

About Heritage Ohio

Heritage Ohio promotes economic growth through the preservation and revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods across Ohio. Heritage Ohio is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program and is the designated statewide Ohio preservation partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through saving the places that matter we can all build a community and live better. Learn more about how to become involved by visiting www.heritageohio.org.


About Main Street America

Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have generated more than $101.58 billion in new public and private investment, generated 168,693 net new businesses and 746,897 net new jobs, rehabilitated more than 325,119 buildings, and levered over 33.7 million volunteer hours. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.


Downtown Tiffin Sign