The Core Improvement Area allows for the exemption of all County and City impact fees, excluding water and wastewater. The "Core" includes all designated Historic Districts, the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area, and some portions of the Mid Town Community Redevelopment Area including the Medical District. Read More...
Dixieland Community Redevelopment Area
Design Assistance Grants
Property owners are able to work with pre-selected local architects to develop conceptual designs for exterior improvements to properties within the CRA district.
Facade Improvement Matching Grants
Dollar-for-dollar matching grants are offered to property owners to be used towards eligible exterior improvements to properties within the CRA district. Maximum grant amount is $15,000. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Food-Related Services Incentive Program
Offers up to $15,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching funds to assist in establishing food-related businesses in eligible properties within the CRA. Matching funds are a grant that can be used to offset the cost of eligible lease-hold improvements necessary to establish and operate a food service or restaurant business. Apply Now
Downtown and Mid Town Community Redevelopment Area
Tax Increment Financing
Tax Increment Financing is available to owners/developers who are making improvements totaling a minimum of 50% of the current Assessed Value of their property within the Downtown CRA and designated corridors of the Mid Town CRA. The program provides a reimbursement of tax increment over a five year period following the reassessment of the property based on the improvement. Application for TIF must be made prior to any permits for redevelopment or development being submitted.
An Enterprise Zone is a specific geographic area targeted for economic revitalization. Florida’s Enterprise Zone Program was created to encourage growth and investment in distressed areas by offering tax advantages and incentives to businesses locating within the zone. More information.
Lakeland Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Design Assistance
Downtown Design Assistance is intended to give current or potential property owners/developers, or prospective business owners, access to professional technical assistance regarding site development and building and fire code compliance for existing properties within Downtown Lakeland. A particular emphasis of this program is to bring existing second and third floor spaces back to occupancy. Other qualified projects will include those that convert ground floor spaces to retail or service uses.
Mid Town Community Redevelopment Area
Design Assistance Program NEW
Property owners are able to work with pre-selected local architects to develop conceptual designs for exterior improvements to properties within the CRA district. Apply Now
Facade and Site Improvement Matching Grant NEW
Up to $75,000 matching grants are offered to property owners to be used towards eligible exterior building and site improvements to properties within the targeted corridors within the MidTown district. Applicants that implement the results of a Design Assistance may receive up to $90,000. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply Now
Food-Related Services Incentive Program NEW
This program is now available within the East Main Street District of Midtown and offers up to $15,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching funds to assist in establishing food-related businesses in eligible properties within the CRA. Matching funds are a grant that can be used to offset the cost of eligible lease-hold improvements necessary to establish and operate a food service or restaurant business. Apply Now
East Main Street District Job Creation Incentive Program NEW
This is a new program approved by the Advisory Board March 2016. Designed to incentivize job creation in the East Main Street District of Midtown, the program will provide companies creating new jobs in the District with up to $5,000 per job payable over five years. Program information and application will be posted soon.
Homeowner's Down Payment Assistance Grant NEW
Down payment and closing cost assistance for homesteaders available throughout Midtown. No income qualifications. Apply Now
Fix-It Up Program NEW
The Fix-It-Up Program provides economic assistance to homesteaders and renters for essential exterior repairs or enhancements of their properties to improve safety, property values, and aesthetics of the neighborhood. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Governmental and not-for-profit entities are not eligible for the program which is intended for single family, duplexes, and town houses. Apply Now
Small Project Assistance (Infrastructure Improvement Assistance)
Infill Adaptive Reuse Program NEW
Property owners may apply for financial assistance for specific leasehold improvements to upgrade or install new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sprinkler/fire suppression, security and ADA compliance items. The CRA offers a 50% matching grant with a maximum grant amount of $75,000. New construction and building additions are also eligible for this program.
Small Project Assistance is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant that can be used towards any public infrastructure improvement triggered by a redevelopment project within the Mid Town district. It is is available to commercial property owners along Development Corridors (Kathleen Road, N. Florida Avenue/US 98N, Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Griffin Road, Memorial Boulevard) within the district. Preference is given to commercial properties within any of the targeted study areas (Small Area Study, US 98 Corridor Study). Maximum grant amount is $15,000. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.