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UPFIT Incentive Grant now available to downtown Dillon businesses

Businesses in downtown Dillon can now get help from the city with updating their buildings. (WPDE)

Businesses in downtown Dillon can now get help from the city with updating their buildings.

"It’s sad to see empty buildings on any Main Street in downtown because that is the heart of rural America," said Stephanie Mitchell, who owns the shop GiGi's and Doc's.

Mitchell’s shop has been in downtown Dillon since February. She said she loves the area, but not the once-condemned building next to her.

"Oh, I didn’t like it. I was like, now it’s been condemned for several months, what’s going on?" Mitchell said.

Mayor Todd Davis says that building won't be empty much longer thanks to a new UPFIT Incentive Program.

It's a grant that helps businesses make repairs inside their building.

"To rehab it, like plumbing electrical work, flooring, roof, whatever," Davis said.

The city will match 50 percent of what a business spends on repairs, up to $30,000.

Mayor Davis says that grant attracted the new owner of the building next to Mitchell's to bring his business to town.

"What happened is that the property owners can’t get rent because the people help pay the rent because the condition of the building which has been a vicious cycle. So, we got to incentivize the property owners to come in and fix their building up," Mitchell said.

As for Mitchell, she said she’s excited to have a new neighbor.

"It’s not going to be ugly anymore. It’s going to be pretty bright and pretty brings people to the downtown area" Mitchell said.

Businesses can apply now for the grant. If interested, you can contact Benny Genwright at 843-774-0040, ext. 1012 or email him at bennydilloncity@bellsouth.net.

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