Commercial Façade Improvement
Mission ~To promote investment in the Targeted Impact Areas throughout the City of Green Bay by providing a financial incentive for businesses to invest in their property.
What is the Commercial Façade Improvement Program?
The program provides financing to renovate or restore the exterior façade and improve the parking and landscaping of commercial properties located in Impact Areas (see map).
A 50/50 matching grant of up to $20,000 ($40,000 project).
50% owner match is required.
Who is eligible for the program? Any commercial building owner or tenant (business owner) with lease authority and approval of the owner may apply for Commercial Façade Improvement funds. The commercial building must be located within the approved Impact Areas and be a conforming use. Owner cannot be delinquent on any current City charges, taxes or assessments or have defaulted on any previous City assistance. The project must adhere to all zoning and design guidelines.
Demolition Grant Program
What is the Demolition Grant Program?
The program provides grant funds for the removal of dilapidated or sub-standard structures located in Impact Areas (see map). Grant awards will be provided up to $10,000 and are determined on a project-by-project basis.
Who is eligible for the program?
Any building owner/developer may apply for a Demolition Grant. The building or structure being razed must be located within the approved Impact Areas. The owner or developer cannot be delinquent on any current City charges, taxes or assessments or have defaulted on any previous City assistance. All demolition must result in new construction.
What are the requirements of the program?
- The owner/developer must submit a professionally prepared plan for redevelopment of the cleared site.
- The grant recipient must obtain design approval of the new structure from the Design Review Board prior to the release of funds.
- The new building or structure must consist of at least 50 percent commercial uses. Other projects will be considered based upon projected assessed value and impact on the surrounding area.
- The grant recipient must secure appropriate building and related permits that are associated with the razing and construction of a new building/structure.
- The grant recipient must raze the current building /structure within 3 months from the date of receiving the grant. The construction project must be completed within one year of receiving the grant funds unless an alternate timeline is arranged.
What is the application process?
- Meet with Economic Development Staff to discuss your project, review your preliminary designs and discuss timelines.
- Finalize project plans and obtain a cost estimate from a contractor. Include any consultations with architects to discuss plans for razing existing and building new building/structure.
- Submit a completed Demolition Grant Program application to the Economic Development Authority at 100 N. Jefferson St. Green Bay, WI 54301.
- Design Review Board approves the project makes a referral to the CDBG Loan & Grant Committee.
- Economic Development Staff will review the application and schedule a CDBG Loan & Grant Committee meeting.
- CDBG Loan & Grant Committee approves the application and the project is forwarded on to the Design Review Board who gives final approval.