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Storefront Renovation Program (SRP)

601 Lakeside Ave., Room 320
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

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The Storefront Renovation Program assists targeted neighborhood retail districts in becoming attractive, economically viable, and diverse places to shop. The program helps fund the rehabilitation/renovation of (primarily) traditional storefront building exteriors including:

  • Bringing them into Building Code compliance
  • Correction of maintenance items and code violations
  • Renovation of architectural/historic details
  • Site improvements
  • Design and installation of new signage

The Storefront Program offers financial incentives (rebate or loan) combined with free City design assistance to applicants considering an exterior rehabilitation of a commercial structure.  To better meet these objectives, the City partners with neighborhood Community Development Corporations.

Storefront Renovations Primary Contacts >>

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 Building Eligibility

To qualify for the Storefront Program Rebate or Loan Incentive, buildings must fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Traditional commercial buildings (originally built with display windowed storefronts)
  • Commercially zoned retail structures
  • Commercially zoned service buildings

Certain building types are not eligible for the Storefront Renovation Program. They include, but may not be limited to:

  • Entirely residential buildings
  • Schools
  • Industrial buildings
  • Strip shopping plazas
  • Arcades
  • Malls
  • Churches
  • Any structure used for sacred purposes

Eligible Costs

Eligible improvements are limited to rehab costs for work done to the main elevation(s) most commonly seen by the public.  Typically eligible rehab costs include:

  • Storefront Display Windows
  • Upper-floor windows
  • Doors
  • Painting or cleaning treatments
  • Above-ground masonry repairs
  • Lighting
  • Exterior security systems
  • Awnings
  • Signage
  • Landscaping and irrigation systems
  • Decorative fencing
  • Architectural fees up to $3500 (in some cases)

Certain costs are not eligible for the Storefront Renovation Program. They include:

  • Interior construction (exceptions apply)
  • HVAC or mechanical systems
  • Parking lot paving and drainage
  • Below-grade foundations (eligible for loan)
  • Flat roofs (eligible for loan)


Target Areas

Retail Target Areas where the Storefront Program is available can be found on the 2011-12 Target Area Map.  Interested applicants with an eligible building type  located in a retail Target Area may contact the CDC staff person listed on the chart for more information or an application.

2011-2012 Target Areas Listing  >>
CDC Contact List Link  >>
2011-2012 SRP Areas  >>

Department of Community Development
Daryl P. Rush Esq., Director
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 320
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

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Mission Statement


We are committed to improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland by strengthening our neighborhoods through successful housing rehabilitation efforts, commercial rehabilitation efforts, new housing construction, homeownership, and community focused human services.

– Community Development