Work is expected to start in mid-January on the city's $400,000 facade improvement project on Long Beach Boulevard.
About 25 businesses on the east side of the boulevard will be upgraded to complement the $11-million Lynwood Towne Center being built on the west side, said Francisco Jimenez, city economic development specialist.
The 9.9-acre shopping center, anchored by Viva Market and Thrifty Drugs, is scheduled to be completed by Hopkins Development Co. of Newport Beach next summer.
Businesses are eligible to apply for loans from Security Pacific National Bank under the city-sponsored commercial rehabilitation program. The maximum loan is $50,000 for seven years at 6% interest.
The funds, available through a federal grant to the city, can be used to upgrade the exterior, interior and landscaping of the businesses.
The first business to be rehabilitated will be the Robert Deines architectural firm at 11224 Long Beach Blvd.