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Downtown Facade & Building Stabilization Program

Program Overview

The Downtown Facade & Building Stabilization Program can provide grants valued between $5,000 and $40,000 for improvements to buildings made within the Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Area. Building appearance plays an important role in creating the image of Downtown. Funding for building facade or building stabilization improvements will encourage reuse of vacant or underutilized properties, improve appearance and support the long-term viability of Downtown Orlando. The taxable valuation of the improved properties will increase over time, thus increasing the amount of funds available to revitalize Downtown Orlando.

Application Criteria

  • Buildings must be located within the Downtown CRA. Downtown Façade and Building Stabilization Program Grants shall only be awarded for properties that contribute to the CRA through the payment of ad valorem taxes.
  • Single-Family and Duplex Residential Buildings: Buildings used for single-family and duplex residential purposes and located within the Uptown, Eola, and Central Business District Planning Areas of the CRA shall be eligible for up to $5,000 or 50-percent, whichever is less, of the cost of façade improvements. Single-family and duplex residential buildings located within the Parramore Heritage Planning Area of the CRA shall be eligible for up to $10,000 or 50-percent, whichever is less, of the cost of building stabilization improvements, or a combination of building stabilization and facade improvements. Projects that propose only facade improvements shall be eligible for funding for up to $5,000 or 50-percent, whichever is less, of the cost of the improvements.
    All Other Buildings: Buildings located within the Uptown, Eola, and Central Business District Planning Areas of the CRA shall be eligible for $20,000 or 50-percent, whichever is less, of the cost of façade improvements. Buildings located within the Parramore Heritage Planning Area of the CRA shall be eligible for up to $40,000 or 50-percent, whichever is less, of the cost of building stabilization improvements, or a combination of building stabilization and facade improvements. Projects that propose only facade improvements shall be eligible for funding for up to $20,000 or 50-percent, whichever is less, of the cost of the improvements.
  • Only one grant per property owner or tenant per fiscal year, and only one grant per property per three-year program term. When an entity owns multiple properties that are adjacent, the grant funding may be shared between these properties for a unified improvement plan. When an entity owns multiple properties that are not adjacent, only one property may receive program funding in that particular fiscal year.
  • All proposed improvements must meet the requirements of the Appearance Review Board (ARB). If it’s a landmark property or located within an historic preservation district, improvements must meet the requirements of the Historic Preservation Board (HPB), along with other City Code requirements. Approvals or Certificates issued by the ARB or HPB do not guarantee approval of a Downtown Facade & Building Stabilization Grant.
  • The Facade Grant Review Committee shall evaluate applications.

Program Documents

For more information, please contact:

Mercedes Blanca, Economic Development Coordinator
Phone: 407.246.3625
Mercedes.Blanca@DowntownOrlando.com

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