Mojave Businesses to Get Funds for Facade Upgrades

Mojave businesses are now eligible for grants worth up to $10,000 to upgrade their building facades under a new Kern County program aimed at helping to revitalize the community.

The program will be unveiled at a business mixer next Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the Mariah Country Inn on Business Route 58. The mixer, which is being sponsored by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, will include light refreshments and drinks.

Businesses funded under the program will work with a local architect to design improved building facades. The program is open to companies in the downtown business district regardless of whether they own or lease their buildings.

The program is the first major step toward implementing a long-range revitalization plan for Mojave. The Mojave Chamber of Commerce has been working with county officials on the effort for the past year.

During a two-day meeting last Fall, local residents participated in a two-day community visioning event in which they brainstormed how they would improve the town. The results of that event have been developed into a master plan that will help guide revitalization efforts in the years ahead.

Kern County is making up to $1.5 million annually for 10 years to help revitalize the communities of Mojave, Boron and Rosamond. The funds are coming from taxes on the local renewable energy industry.