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Historic Atlas Theater, NOVUS Auto Glass latest recipients of downtown development grants for property improvements

The grant program finances up to 50% of development costs to those who own properties set in the public right-of-way.

The Historic Atlas Theater in Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming (file photo, Cap City)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two Cheyenne buildings received funding from the city’s Downtown Development Authority on Thursday to help cover repairing exteriors, addressing wear and providing new signage.

The DDA approved two applications to its Capital Improvement Program at its regular monthly meeting, which takes place the third Thursday of each month. The applicants come from representatives of the Historic Atlas Theater and NOVUS Auto Glass. The total amount of funding awarded to both businesses is $30,460.

The CIG program assists property owners looking to improve their buildings set in the public right-of-way, according to the DDA’s guidelines for the program. Those who apply for a grant are eligible to receive up to 50% of total repair or design improvement costs. Earlier this year, the DDA refinanced its budget, allocating an additional $117,000 to the grant program for fiscal year 2024.

The Atlas Theater, 211 W. Lincolnway, received grant funding in the amount of $6,460, according to an application. Work will include repointing heavily deteriorated mortar joints and replacing broken and deteriorated brick on the building’s south-side wall and corners. The total cost of repairs is set at $12,920.

NOVUS Auto Glass at 200 E. 17 St. will also receive a grant that finances half the cost for building improvements. DDA board members approved a CIG grant request of $24,000 to help the auto glass business receive new signage and lighting, per an application. According to the request, the new signs and lighting “will illuminate the corner and alley way, providing more safety and walkability in the area.” The total development cost is $48,000.