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Sprucing up the Springs

Rico Martin wants to bring a little color to the businesses lining Highway 12 in the Springs.

Actually, Martin wants to bring a lot of color to businesses in the Springs.

Martin is a Sebastopol-based designer whose vision could transform the drab Highway 12 corridor into a montage of color. And he’s already got eight businesses that want his help.

The eight businesses that want Martin to transform their storefronts have applied to the county’s façade improvement program for funding for the projects. The façade improvement program, which started in the Springs with the Springs Redevelopment Agency, lives on despite the demise of the Springs Redevelopment Agency because the county’s Board of Supervisors decided to fund it this fiscal year with $500,000.

The program is first come, first served, and it’s countywide instead of just for the Springs.

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