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February 28, 2012 at 4:03 PM

City grants announced to improve neighborhood business districts

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Tuesday announced $1.1 million in grants to 19 neighborhood business districts throughout the city.

At a news conference in the University District, McGinn and Steve Johnson, director of the city Office of Economic Development, announced awards from $55,000 (to Rainier Beach) to $185,000 (to Chinatown/International District) to improve their business districts. Those neighborhoods receiving the grants have developed multi-year strategies to support small businesses, attract new visitors and improve the shopping experience, according to a city news release.

Rainier Beach, for example, plans to repeat an Art Walk that it started last year as well as strengthen its merchants association. Chinatown/International District is adding security cameras to some buildings and public spaces as well as expanding cleaning services to Little Saigon. The University District, which received a $70,000 grant, is launching a multi-year revitalization plan, said Karin Zaugg Black, spokeswoman for the Office of Economic Development.

The city said it will expand its “Only in Seattle” marketing campaign that publicizes local shopping and dining opportunities in Seattle neighborhoods. It also is investing an additional $100,000 in facade improvements in Columbia City, the Central Area and Chinatown/International District.

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