City is offering help to commercial tenants

The City is offering up to $25,000 in grant funds for leasehold improvements of commercial retail spaces for new or expanding businesses.

The reimbursement grant will cover up to 50% of the total improvement costs for qualifying businesses. The program targets locally-owned and independent operators.

The program is intended to fund improvements that are affixed to the property, and therefore will not cover the cost of purchasing or installing non-fixed equipment or inventory.

Generally acceptable improvements include, but are not necessarily limited to, the repairs/replacement/upgrades of Electrical, HVAC/mechanical, Plumbing, Dry wall, Flooring, Lighting, Windows/doors, Interior demolition, Painting, Bar/cash wrap, Green initiatives (low flow toilets, energy efficient lighting, etc.)

Program guidelines and an application are now available.