Five downtown Erie businesses are getting a facelift, thanks to grants from the Erie Downtown Partnership. The nonprofit organization handed out nearly $24-thousand dollars in  grants Tuesday,  inside Cloud 9 Wine Bar and Tapas, one of the businesses that will benefit.

Three of the businesses are new ones, including Cloud 9, McCoy's Barrelhouse and Grill on State Street and 12th & State, LLC, new owners of the building that houses the restaurant 1201 Kitchen on the first floor.  Older businesses such as Park Place and Marlena Place on North Park row will benefit too.

The grant money enables the businesses to maintain architectural elements on historic buildings, replace windows, do painting and restoration and even add an awning.  The owners admit, while focusing on their inside of their businesses, the facades are often neglected.

This is the second and final round of facade grants this year, bringing the total facelift grants to over $41,000 for 10 downtown businesses.  The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority both invested in the grant program to foster growth and development in Erie.