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City seeks assistance for business owners on Olympic Avenue

ARLINGTON As the city of Arlington prepares to make a call for bids for the Olympic Avenue reconstruction project at the end of January, city officials have announced a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 23, on two business assistance programs that will help merchants and property owners spruce up their own buildings as well.
The city has partnered with a Seattle-based non-profit agency, Community Capital Development to provide technical support and low-interest financial assistance to property owners and merchants who are interested in improving the appearance and/or the structure of their storefronts during the construction period.
The city has also engaged a University of Washington graduate student program, Northwest Center for Livable Communities, to provide design assistance for storefronts to those people who want to make improvements but who arent quite sure where to start.
This service will be offered at no cost to the business, said the citys capital projects manager, Paul Ellis.
The meeting will also include an update of the Olympic Avenue reconstruction process.
Plans are to release a call for bids at the end of January with construction set to begin in March. The project includes replacing utilities under Olympic Avenue and a new road surface and sidewalks from Maple Street to Division.
We still expect the project to be finished in fall of this year, Ellis said.

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