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Downtown Facade & Building Stabilization Program

The Downtown Commercial and Residential Building Improvement Program can provide grants valued between $15,000 and $120,000 for improvements to buildings made within the downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) boundaries. Building appearance plays an important role in creating the image of downtown. Funding for building façade and/or building stabilization improvements made to properties will encourage reuse of vacant or underutilized properties, improve appearance, and support the long-term viability of downtown Orlando. Over time, the taxable valuation of the improved properties will increase, thus increasing the amount of funds available to revitalize downtown Orlando.

  • Buildings must be located within the CRA. Downtown Commercial and Residential Building Improvement Grants shall only be awarded for properties that contribute to the CRA through the payment of ad valorem taxes.
  • Commercial Buildings located within the North Quarter, Eola, and Central Business District Planning Areas of the CRA shall be eligible for funding for façade improvements of up to $80,000 or 50% of the total façade improvements, whichever is less, or a combination of façade and stabilization improvements up to $100,000 or 50% of the total cost of improvements, whichever is less. Commercial Buildings located within the Parramore Heritage Planning Area of the CRA shall be eligible for funding for façade improvements of up to $100,000 or 50% of the total façade improvements, whichever is less, or a combination of façade and stabilization improvements up to $120,000 or 50% of the total cost of improvements, whichever is less. Only one (1) Grant per property owner or tenant per fiscal year, and only one (1) Grant per property per three-year program term.
  • Single-family, Duplex, Triplex, and Quadruplex Residential Buildings that are owner-occupied and located within the North Quarter, Eola, and Central Business District Planning Areas of the CRA shall be eligible for façade improvements up to $15,000 or 50%, of the total cost of façade improvements, whichever is less. Residential Buildings that are owner-occupied and located within the Parramore Heritage Planning Area of the CRA shall be eligible for funding for façade improvements or a combination of façade and stabilization improvements up to $30,000 or 50% of the total cost of improvements, whichever is less. Residential Buildings that propose only façade improvements shall be eligible for funding up to $15,000 or 50% of the cost of façade improvements, whichever is less. Only one (1) Grant per property owner or tenant per fiscal year, and only one (1) Grant per property per five-year program term.
  • All proposed improvements must meet the requirements of the Appearance Review Board (ARB) or, if a landmark property or located within an historic preservation district, the Historic Preservation Board (HPB), if applicable, as well as all other City Code requirements. Approvals or Certificates issued by the ARB or HPB do not guarantee approval of a Downtown Commercial and Residential Building Improvement Grant.