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Stark Development Launches Community Development Programs!

Up to $25,000 Matching Funds!

Community Development Programs – Facade Improvement and Community Enhancement

 

The Community Development Program is geared towards improving and promoting the creation and expansion of our commercial and retail sectors throughout communities in Stark County, further emphasizing our mission of creating a better place to live, work, and grow.

This program is offered directly through the Stark Development Corporation office and subject to approval of the SDC Board of Directors. Suitable projects may be eligible for a matching forgivable loan of project funds up to a maximum of $25,000.

The Community Development Program consists of two different programs:

 

Downtown Facade Improvement Program

The program encourages the economic revitalization and rehabilitation of exterior improvements of commercial buildings to enhance the overall aesthetics and vitality of the downtown commercial districts throughout communities in Stark County.

Program Goals:

  • Encourage redevelopment and reinvestment in the community
  • Enhance commercial growth
  • Improve the physical appearance and aesthetics of the property
  • Encourage historical preservation and renovation
  • Improve visibility and ‘curb appeal’
  • Beautification of the city and our downtown public places

Program Detail and Application

Community Enhancement Program

The program encourages the economic revitalization and redevelopment of commercial and retail sectors throughout communities in Stark County.

Program Goals: 

  • Encourage redevelopment and reinvestment in the community
  • Enhance commercial growth
  • Improve customers’ experience and usability
  • Encourage renovation and expanded utilization of property
  • Promote and facilitate business expansion and creation

Program Detail and Application

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Requirements:
To be eligible for funding, a proposed project must meet all the following minimum requirements:

  • Private Funds Leveraged. The applicant must leverage a minimum of one dollar ($1.00) of private funds for every dollar ($1.00) of Community Development Program funds requested.
  • Historic Preservation. One of the goals of the Community Development Program is to preserve the historical character of buildings. Exterior renovations shall to the extent practical, preserve and promote the significant architectural and historic features of the building.
  • Compliance with Applicable Laws. Applicants shall comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws and codes.
  • Municipality Support. Applicants shall obtain a letter of support from the municipality within the jurisdiction of the project. The municipality shall indicate in the letter the district in which the applicants project resides.
  • Project Completion. Projects must begin within six (6) months of the approval and be completed within twelve (12) months of approval. Extensions may be requested depending on the scope of the project.

Program Materials

Program Brochure

Download and view or print the program brochure by clicking the View Brochure button.

Program Information and Application

Download the program information and application by clicking the Download Now link. Please call our office at 701.225.5997 for further program details or to request a project review.