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Business Brief: City’s Plan To Reduce Blight In Arlington Includes ‘Facade Grants’

Killingsworth talks in front of map inside church
Jacksonville Daily Record
Bill Killingsworth, director of the city Planning and Development Department, discusses the Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Area plan Monday at a public forum.

Arlington businesses could freshen their facades with help from the city if they qualify in the proposed zoning overlay.

Those in the Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Area could apply for up to $20,000 if they invest $10,000 to comply with the overlay’s new designs standards.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department and Office of Economic Development representatives detailed the proposal and the latest modification to the overlay plan Monday night in a public forum with business owners at River City Baptist Church at 6801 Merrill Road.

“I’ve seen a lot of facade grant program over the years with the city. I’ve never seen one that’s gone above $10,000, so this is a pretty aggressive approach the city would take,” said Kirk Wendland, OED executive director.

City Council approved the creation of the Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Area in 2015 to address blighted conditions.

It encompasses property along three corridors in Arlington: University Boulevard from the Arlington Expressway to Fort Caroline Road; Merrill Road from University Boulevard to Interstate 295; and a section of Arlington Road from University Boulevard to Rogero Road.

If council approves the grant program, it would give $2 for every $1 of private investment by businesses within the CRA.ike Mendenhall - Jacksonville Daily Record.

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