AUBURN — Downtown property owners looking for some financial help to repair their property’s curb appeal can apply for a city program.

Auburn’s Community Development department is taking applications for its new Curb Appeal program through May 20.

The city has scheduled two public meetings to discuss the program at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 4 in the Auburn Hall Community Room, 60 Court St.

The new program will be competitive, with applications scored on where they are located, how much private money is being invested and what neighbors are doing. Winning proposals could get up to $10,000 toward exterior design work, priming and painting, and repairs to roofs, windows, doors and other exterior features.

The curb appeal program will be targeted downtown, in New Auburn and the Union Street neighborhoods.

Property owners can get information about filing their proposal with the city by calling Community Development at 333-6601, ext. 1334.

Auburn’s new program is similar to Lewiston’s facade grant program. Both provide federal Community Development Block Grant money to downtown property owners to encourage them to clean up their buildings.

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