About the program
The Business Corridor Apartment Beatification Grant seeks to improve the appearance of urban business corridors by assisting aging apartment communities with improving their curb appeal. The primary goal of the program is to improve the visual impact of aging buildings and site conditions visible from the public right-of-way of priority business corridors. The program seeks to do this through assisting with the installation of decorative community entrances, landscaping and architectural renovations to buildings.
Eligible multi-family rental communities must be located on a business corridor within the Business Corridor Revitalization Geography. Examples of priority business corridors include Albemarle Road, Beatties Ford Road, Central Avenue, Freedom Drive, Rozzelles Ferry Road, and Wilkinson Boulevard.
Eligible Apartment Communities
- Apartment Communities must have 8 or more separate rental units and be located on a business corridor within the Business Corridor Revitalization Geography.
- Buildings must conform to all current codes and ordinances; non-conforming uses of any kind are not allowed. Properties with outstanding code violations will not be given consideration.
- Property management should demonstrate a proven track record including conducting tenant background checks, have established tenant conduct policies and eviction procedures, proven property maintenance and adherence to building, fire and other codes & ordinances
- Owners of vacant buildings shall be eligible if the owner's purpose is to rehabilitate the property to attract tenants. Expenses will be reimbursed only after the certificate of occupancy is issued and building(s) open to the public.
- All real property taxes and other City financial obligations must be paid in full
Eligible expenses of projects visible from the public right-of-way of a business corridor include:
- Decorative community entrances such as brick monument signs, landscaping, decorative gates and decorative lighting.
- Improvements to bring grandfathered parking and landscaping into conformance with current codes such as adding street and setback trees.
- Approved architectural renovations to the building façade visible from the public right-of-way. Interior work (inside buildings) is not eligible.
- Quality lighted pedestrian connectivity improvements to surrounding neighborhoods and business districts.
- General maintenance including roof repair and replacement, paint, siding, parking lot repair and more is generally not eligible for participation though can be considered if part of a larger, comprehensive project.
- The program provides 50% reimbursement of eligible expenses. 60% reimbursement may be available on a case-by-case basis for utilization of certified Minority, Women or Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) firms.
- Maximum grant awards are based on the number of units in the community ($1,000 per unit). For example, an 8-unit community would be eligible for $8,000 in matching reimbursed funds, or 50%/60% of eligible costs, whichever is less.
- The total maximum award will not exceed $99,000 for any given project (99 units)
- Design assistance services are eligible for up to $3,000 or 50% whichever is less.
How the Program Works
- Interested apartment communities must contact the Economic Development Office at 704-336-5849 prior to submitting an application.
- Eligible applicants submit an application to the Neighborhood & Business Services office by close of business on the date of the application deadline. Application deadlines occur quarterly on February 15th, May 15th, August 15th and November 15th respectively.
- An inter-departmental team of City staff reviews proposals quarterly. Staff bases eligibility decisions on, among other things, the following criteria: improvement to the appearance of entrances, buildings and site visible from the public right-of-way of a business corridor including work representing more than general maintenance; management track record; inclusion of pedestrian amenities and quality connectivity to surrounding single-family residential and business districts; leveraging of additional economic activities.
- Upon approval of the scope of work, Grantee obtains a minimum of two competitive bids for the proposed work. The program will fund 50% (60% for MWSBE utilization) of the lowest bid for all eligible project components, not to exceed the maximum grant amount approved by the City. All construction contracts are between the Grantee and the contractor.
- Applicants using certified MWSBE contractors may undergo a MWSBE Utilization & Goal Setting review to determine eligibility for 60% award (refer to Maximum Award section)
- Upon approval of bids, the City enters into a grant contract with the Grantee setting forth, among other things, the scope of work as approved by the review team.
- The Grantee is responsible for obtaining all necessary governmental permits and authorizations, including building permits.
- Staff will be permitted to inspect the project to ensure conformance with the grant contract.
- The City does not reimburse for any work performed prior to application approval and contract signing.
- Grant funds are paid on a reimbursement basis; the Grantee must pay the entire cost of grant-funded improvements before receiving grant funds. The City will authorize reimbursement payment after, among other things, completion of the project in accordance with the approved plan as set forth in the contract. Proof of payment is required for reimbursement.
- The City will not contract to perform any of the work.
- Approved projects should be completed within 120 days or funds may not be guaranteed.
Additional program requirements or restrictions may apply