The city adopted Commercial Facade Design Guidelines to help building owners, merchants, developers, and public officials care for and protect the integrity of buildings and the architectural character of the commercial nodes.
These guidelines apply to all street-fronting facades located in the Downtown District, along Chicago Avenues commercial corridor, and located within zoning districts C-1, C-2 and C-3. A form is available in the economic development department and there is no fee nor any additional material requirements. With the simplicity of the guidelines, staff will turn around the review quickly ensuring projects are not delayed.
The guidelines do not apply to routine maintenance.