By Lindsay Myers (View full story online on Hyattsville Life &
The aesthetic transformation of the Route 1 Corridor into a funky hot spot for creative types is due in part to the Community Facade Improvement Program sponsored by the City of Hyattsville. The program incentivizes local property owners to invest in exterior improvements to commercial buildings by offering a dollar-for-dollar matching grant of $5,000 to $50,000. This year marks the fifth year the city has sponsored the program.
As the Arts District has become more popular with entrepreneurs like Simon — who has embraced the boom of creative people calling Route 1 home by also opening up the Studio SoHy art gallery and seeking out creative types like Sue Mondeel of Tanglewood Works as tenants — Chandler has started noticing a change in the overall demographic of property owners in the area.