The purpose of the CRA Commercial Enhancement Grant Program is to encourage existing building owners or tenants located within a section of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), to improve the aesthetics of commercial buildings and to enhance safety in the rear of the buildings. For approved projects, the Program will pay for 50% of the documented hard costs for the improvements and the applicant is responsible for 50% of the hard costs, plus 100% of associated costs such as engineering and permits. Commercial buildings may receive up to $20,000.
To qualify for the Program, the structure must be located within a section of the CRA area, referred to as the Downtown Merchants Group Pilot Program Area, on Sample Road between Coral Hills Drive and NW 99th Way (see map below). The applicant must submit a complete application accompanied by two estimates from licensed contractors. Review and approval of the application may take up to four weeks to process.
Funding is available until September 30, 2019 or until the CRA’s program budget is depleted.