Whether you’re opening your business in a new location or you’re well settled in, the 75% tax tax incentive for storefront/façade improvements can help you bring your storefront to the 21st-century! This program covers upgrades including lighting, new or upgraded awnings, exterior architectural features, upgraded windows and exterior walls, parking lot paving, landscaping, signage, and more! Terms and conditions apply.
Go above and beyond on the look of your storefront, pave your parking lot, or purchase a rundown building and upgrade it to your liking. The City of Estevan Economic Development Facade Improvement program allows you to invest in the look of your business without baring a large cost.
The following criteria are required to participate in the project.
The building must be located close to the sidewalk and at ground-level so that pedestrians can easily see into and enter the stores. There should be no obstructions in front of the building such as a parking lot or stairs. Sometimes a small setback from the sidewalk can be a design element for the façade – this space can be used as a gathering place or display area for the business.
People should be able to clearly see inside the shop to the showcased merchandise and the shopkeepers should be able to easily see outside to monitor who is around the buildings.
The entrances of the building should
Neighbourhoods are healthy and complete when they are filled with people walking up and down the sidewalks. Certain businesses foster this pedestrian activity: coffee shops, clothing stores, gift shops, restaurants and bakeries.
Façade improvements should make the buildings friendly to the pedestrians. The project emphasis will focus on the lower three stories of the building. The front of the building will be partitioned into sections that are more interesting to walk past than long stretches of homogenous walls. Design elements and materials such as signage should be people-sized rather than super-sized elements that cater to people driving past quickly in their cars.
Buildings should be well lit at all times of the day. Customers and pedestrians want to feel safe as they walk down the streets. Building façades and sidewalks can be lit with lighting that has different colours and patterns to create dramatic effects. Lighting that contributes to dark skies is preferred.
Estevan is a winter city. Streetscapes and building façades can use the dramatic winter sun to create interesting shadows along the building face, maximize sun exposure, and provide protection from the wind and snow. This can be done with:
The improvements should make the building look inviting to shoppers, comfortable for pedestrians and interesting for the whole streetscape. Unique artistic elements can give a shopping area character and identity. Texture, pattern, colour and interesting shapes should be incorporated into the façade design in an innovative arrangement and through the use of a variety of materials.
Please download and complete the application form . Completed application forms can be submitted either by email, fax, mail or in person to :
Estevan Economic Development Coordinator
City of Estevan | Corporate Services
1102 4th Street | Estevan, SK | S4A 0W7
Phone: (306) 634-1843