DETROIT (AP) – More than two dozen Detroit businesses are getting matching grants to help improve their curb appeal.

Motor City Re-Store grants of nearly $300,000 were announced Thursday. The funds support existing small businesses while beautifying the city’s commercial corridors.

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Eight companies will share $164,700 to improve the exteriors of their shops. Another 17 will split $129,000 for pre-construction designs.

More than three quarters of the companies receiving grants are owned by minorities. Nearly 25 percent are owned by women.

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Officials say the grants help existing businesses stay competitive with new firms opening in Detroit neighborhoods.

Mayor Mike Duggan says Motor City Re-Store was created to help businesses that remained in Detroit during the city’s “difficult years.”

Motor City Re-Store is supported by Community Development Block Grants and other funds.


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