Northwood/Pleasant CityCommunity Redevelopment Agency (CRA)FAÇADE and Exterior GRANT PROGRAM
About the Program
The CRA Façade Grant Program is an incentive available to businesses located in the CRA foraesthetic improvements to the exterior of a commercial building and site. Painting of thebuilding, installation of awnings, new doors/windows, landscaping, and brick pavers are typicalimprovements covered by the Façade Grant Program. The CRA will provide a grant for 75% of a project totaling $10,000 or less, for a maximum CRAgrant of $7,500. For projects within the CRA targeted redevelopment areas (Northwood BusinessDistrict, Broadway, Dixie Highway and 25
Street and Windsor Avenue in the Industrial Area), thegrant may be increased to $20,000 with a 20% match from the business.
ExamplesWithin Within targetedCRAredevelopment areaLimitsProject Cost:$10,000$25,000City Grant:$ 7,500$20,000Owner’s Responsibility:$ 2,500$ 5,000
Properties listed for sale may not apply. Properties that are sold within twenty-four months of receiving grant funding must repay the full amount. Work on the project must begin within OneHundred Eighty (180) days following CRA approval process. Applicant may reapply if deadline ismissed.
Eligible Improvements include aesthetic improvements to the building structure, such asexterior painting, installation of awnings, new windows and/or doors, and signage.
Adjoining parking lots, roofs and landscaping are ineligible as stand alone projectshowever they may be included as a component of the eligible improvements as describedabove and will only be considered in conjunction with the overall physical facadeimprovements to the structure.
Because of limited funding, staff from the CRA will evaluate the submissions and selectthose that beautify the neighborhood, will be a catalyst for other businesses andcomplement area improvements.
Property to be improved must be free of all municipal and county liens, judgments or encumbrances of anykind. This provision can be waived by the CRA Board of Commissioners if development plans for said propertymeets the goals and objectives as set forth in the Northwood/Pleasant City CRA Five Year Strategic FinancePlan. Upon grant approval, said property must remain free of all municipal and county liens, judgments or encumbrances of any kind under the term of the agreement.
Small Improvements Initiated by the Agency
On certain occasions the CRA may deem it necessary to implement some special form of improvement to a property that would affect the health, safety, and welfare of the community. These improvements may or may not incorporate the entire Façade Regulations when initiatedby the Agency but will require written approval of the property owner. These improvements donot require approval by the CRA Board.