Storefront Renovation Program

The Cleveland Heights Storefront Program combines the talents of the City’s design specialists with rebates and loans to create transformative storefront renovations in all of our commercial districts. The Program requires comprehensive façade rehabilitation and is not a maintenance program. The entire building must be transformed - -one portion or tenant cannot be singled out for rehabilitation.

All funding for the Program comes to the City through Federal Community Development Block Grant funds. Before a building can be considered for the program, staff must visit the site to verify that the property’s condition meets federal standards to be admitted into the program.

Past Projects

View before and after photos of past renovation projects.

Information About Eligibility

For more information about eligibility, provide property address in any message to Kara Hamley O’Donnell, Storefront Program Coordinator at the Planning and Development Department.

  1. Storefront Rehabilitation
  2. Rebates
  3. Loan
  4. Equity
  5. SID or Merchant Association
  6. Federal Rebates

The program is an exterior rehabilitation program that combines financial incentives (rebate and/or loan) with free City design assistance. Eligible rehabilitation costs include: storefront, windows, doors, painting or cleaning treatments, bulkheads, masonry repairs, paving, lighting, awnings and landscaping. Roofing is covered if part of a larger project in order to protect the investment in the façade.

Signage may be included if it is part of a larger comprehensive rehabilitation project. All work is subject to Federal Prevailing Wage Regulations. Some projects may require the applicant hire an architect or engineer. Funding is limited and projects are competitively reviewed.