Commercial Façade Improvement Program:

Goals/Objectives: Eliminate slum and blight, remove deterioration, and update the exteriors of existing buildings, with an emphasis on improving the viability of healthy retail uses. Furthermore, the intent of this program is to create active walking areas by increasing the “curb appeal” of the business corridors in the CRA.


Eligible Area: All properties within the CRA. There is a designated Focus Area defined as Sistrunk Boulevard between NW 24 Avenue and the FEC Railway, including one block north and south of Sistrunk Boulevard; as well as, 9th Avenue (between Sunrise Boulevard and Broward Boulevard), and 7th Avenue (between Sunrise Boulevard and Broward Boulevard).


Eligible Properties: Existing commercial and mixed-use buildings with commercial elements in the CRA with uses permitted by applicable land use codes or approved conditional uses.


Eligible Project Costs: Generally, all costs associated with exterior improvements which include, but are not limited to: entry doors, windows, lighting, shade canopy, sidewalks, signage, parking, restoration, and/or rehabilitation are eligible for consideration (including costs for associated with architectural, engineering, permit and application fees). The proposed Project must comply with the CRA Plan, urban design guidelines, applicable land use regulations, and current code requirements, subject to review/approval by the City of Fort Lauderdale Planning Division, Code Compliance Division, and CRA staff.


Basis/Limits of Benefits: Throughout the CRA, a CFIP award will provide a forgivable loan for up to 75% of the eligible costs not to exceed $125,000. In the CRA Focus Area, a CFIP award will provide a forgivable loan for up to 90% of the eligible costs not to exceed $125,000. Commercial Properties located on Sistrunk Boulevard, between NW 24 Avenue and the FEC Railway will be awarded a forgivable loan for 100% of the eligible costs, not to exceed $75,000. If the costs in the focus area exceed $75,000, an owner’s cash investment of 5% is required for the portion that exceeds the $75,000. In the case of multiple structures on a single property, the CRA Board (and/or designee), at its sole discretion, may consider a forgivable loan application for each structure subject to the terms, conditions, and limits applicable to location of the subject property. The Agency, at its sole discretion, may consider increasing the funding limits on a case-by-case basis.


Job Creation and Retention Requirements: Job creation and/or job retention or another approved performance indicator may be a requirement for assistance provided through this program.


Terms and Obligations: The program award will have ongoing obligations/covenants, which includes but is not limited to a lien on the applicant’s property.


Special Conditions: There must be a documented selection process for the General Contractors selected for this project. The CRA recommends the use of General Contractors from its approved contractor list. A CRA / City approved contractor must be used for projects where 60% or more of the costs are paid by the CRA.