The Carlisle Commercial Facade Restoration Program was established by Carlisle Borough Council in 2007. The goal of the program is to create and maintain an attractive and marketable commercial district by assisting building owners in maintaining their building exteriors within the designated program area—Downtown Carlisle.
Businesses and commercial property owners located within Carlisle Borough’s Historic District can receive up to a $12,000 facade grant for improvements to their properties or storefronts. The facade grant can provide 75% or $12,000, whichever is less, of the project cost. The owner, the grant recipient, pays the remaining 25% or any amount beyond that should the project cost exceed $16,000.
The facade is any part of a building that is visible from a public street, alley or right of way. Most exterior work is eligible for this program. Work can include but is not limited to painting, masonry work, gentle cleaning, window and door replacement and roofing. The program guidelines contain a complete list of eligible work items.
The Redevelopment Authority has offered this program since 1982 as a way to maintain, restore and preserve the commercial building inventory making it more attractive to prospective businesses, more appealing to shoppers and visitors and more viable as a community asset.
The information given below summarizes who must pay federal wage rates, who is exempt from federal wage rates, and the responsibilities of contractors and subcontractors who work on jobs that require the payment of federal wage rates.
Federal wage rates must be used by contractors and contractors’ subcontractors to determine labor rates that they must pay employees. Even If the contractor is a sole proprietor, and he/she is doing all the contract work themselves with no help, the wage decision must be attached to his/her proposal. If a contractor or subcontractor is a partnership, then partners are also exempt from paying themselves the wage rates, if they do all the work themselves, with no help. Partnerships must identify themselves as partners by their insurance policies. Each partner must be listed as an insured on the insurance certificate or policy. Payroll forms for all persons working on the job, including sole proprietors and partnerships, must be submitted for each week that work is done on the job. Sole proprietors and partnerships do not have to fill in the wages paid section of the payroll forms. All other areas of the form must be completed.