VIRGINIA BEACH — The city’s Economic Development, in collaboration with the Office of Cultural Affairs and the ViBe Creative District, approved two new grants from the ViBe Creative District Matching Grant program.
The ViBe matching grants are to be used for building improvements, equipment to expand or modernize businesses and facade improvements, according to a news release from the city
“There is tremendous interest in the ViBe Creative District. Our matching grant program along with private sector investments are beginning to improve facilities, increase property values and enhance customer experiences in the District,” said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris.
The Jones Family Trust has been awarded a matching grant in the amount of $5,297. The grant will fund improvements to the facade of the building on 17th Street, according to the news release.
The space will be transformed into a new fully equipped pottery classroom with commercial glass storefront windows to support their future tenant, the Virginia Beach Art Center, which will lease 6,100 square feet in the building from the Jones Family Trust.
Bad Ass Coffee Company has been awarded a matching grant of $3,724 to improve the exterior of the building with custom murals, according to the news release. Milene Gengler, co-owner of the business, also has plans to replace existing box signs with two hand-painted signs with lighting.
Grant applications and additional information are available at the Virginia Beach Economic Development website.
ViBe Creative District was established in 2015 to attract creative industries to a section of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront that was identified for revitalization.