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(If different) Signature authorizes participation in the program by applicant.
Property to be improved must be free of all municipal and county liens, judgments or encumbrances of any kind. This provision can be waived by the CRA Board of Commissioners if development plans for said property meets the goals and objectives as set forth in the CRA Strategic Finance Action Plan or CRA Plan. Upon grant approval, said property must remain free of all municipal and county liens, judgments or encumbrances of any kind under the term of the agreement.
The Façade & Business Site Improvement Program encourages business owners and/or property owners in the North Miami Beach Community Redevelopment District to enhance their existing business sites through exterior improvements.
Commercial properties and businesses (i.e. retail and restaurant) within the North Miami Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Phase I target areas are eligible to participate in this program. These businesses and/or properties must be located within the following target areas:
Applicants meeting the location criteria under this program will have preference to ensure maximum impact to the district. As the programming and budget develops in the future, Phase II of this program may expand to other target areas as well.
The program will open January 1, 2021, and will continue with each Fiscal Year Budget approval of the Incentive Programs or until funding is depleted. The program is open to property owners and existing commercial enterprises outlined above operating within the North Miami Beach CRA District. Façade and Business Site Improvement Program grants help defray the costs of exterior improvements and project related engineering, architectural and permitting costs associated with this type of development.
The funding assistance provided under the Façade & Business Site Improvement Program is solely on a reimbursement basis. The CRA has the exclusive authority to approve or deny Program applications based on its determination as to the benefits to the North Miami Beach CRA District produced by requested projects. The CRA may impose any conditions of approval it deems suitable to protect the interests of the agency, including a duly executed contract.
Applicants awarded funds under this program agree to complete the project for which assistance was provided according to the scope of work documents submitted in the application. All work must be performed in a first-class workmanlike manner in compliance with ordinances and regulations of the City of North Miami Beach, and must meet all building and other applicable codes.
Eligible improvements include aesthetic improvements to the building structure, such as exterior painting, installation of awnings, new windows and/or doors and building signage. Adjoining parking lots, sidewalks and landscaping are ineligible as stand-alone projects; however, they may be included in conjunction with the overall physical façade improvements to the structure.
Applicants are encouraged to speak with CRA staff to discuss their project qualifications and eligibility for reimbursement under the Program before applying. Please be advised that non-profit organizations and tax-exempt properties are not eligible for incentive programs.
Criteria considered when reviewing applications include, but are not limited to:
Approved applicants may receive reimbursement for 80 % of their eligible project costs, up to a maximum award of $20,000 per address. For Example:
Total Project Cost CRA Contribution Applicant Contribution
$25,000.00 $20,000.00 $5,000.00
$10,000.00 $ 8,000.00 $2,000.00
$ 5,000.00 $ 4,000.00 $1,000.00
The maximum total CRA Contribution will be $60,000 for single owned contiguous property folio(s). For example, if the applicant’s property has 4 addresses and the project cost is $100,000 then the maximum grant award will be $60,000.
Program assistance is available based on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to project eligibility, application completeness and the availability of funds. There is no guarantee that funding will be available for every application submitted, including those that meet the required criteria.
Assistance from the Façade and Business Site Improvement Program, at the sole discretion of the CRA, may be combined with subsidies from other public or private programs. Assistance from other sources may serve as the CRA’s required matching funds. Funding for approved projects may be carried out from one fiscal year to the next at the sole discretion of the CRA.
Every application package must include the following items before it will be processed and considered for approval:
Façade and Business Site Improvement projects must be substantial improvement projects that enhance the visual impact of the property. Only those expenses concerning exterior improvements to business structures will be considered for funding. These expenses include, but are not limited to:
The following items are examples of what will not be considered for funding by the Program:
The CRA will adhere to the following procedural steps when processing applications for assistance under the Façade and Business Site Improvement Program. Applicants are free to discuss the application process with staff prior to submitting an application.
1. Applicant completes application and submits it to CRA staff, along with completed checklist items.
2. CRA staff reviews the submitted application package for eligibility and completeness.
3. CRA staff brings eligible and complete application packages to the North Miami Beach CRA Advisory Board for input and recommendations for funding based on criteria outlined in Section III.
4. CRA staff brings application packages that have received recommendations for funding to the CRA Board for approval.
5. CRA staff provides a written notification to applicants of approval or denial of funding. If funding is denied, the reason(s) will be stated in the written notification.
It is anticipated that application packages will be reviewed and presented to the North Miami Beach CRA Advisory Board within approximately 45 days after receipt by staff. 6
Those applications receiving funding recommendations will be presented to the CRA Board for approval no later than the second CRA Board meeting following the CRA Advisory Board meeting at which the application received a recommendation for funding. The determination for funding made by the CRA Board is final. If an application is denied funding, the business owner may apply again after one year has elapsed after the submittal date of the denied application. If an application is granted funding, the business submitting the successful application may not apply again for funding until 3 years has elapsed after the date the CRA Board approved funding.
Applicants for funding should carefully consider the reimbursement process for funding when establishing their timelines for projects that seek Program assistance. It is important to remember that, when contemplating a project, financing should be arranged before work is actually started. If a business owner intends to finance a project with a loan, the CRA may write a letter notifying the lender that a project has been approved for funding under the Program, but that the funding is on a reimbursement basis.
All work must commence within 12 months of application approval. If work has not commenced within 12 months, funds will be put back into program account and reassigned to other projects. Improvements must be completed 60 days prior to the end of the 24-month term of the Grant Agreement. 7
Should an applicant choose to engage the services of an agent (individual or company) to assist/represent applicant in this aspect of the process, the expenses for the agent’s service will be borne by the applicant. Such expenses are not reimbursable under the terms of any of the CRA’s incentive programs. CRA funds cannot be applied to services other than architecture, engineering, etc. related to the construction of the interior or exterior of the building.
The CRA Board reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion to:• Reject any and all Program applications;• Postpone or cancel the Program; and• Waive any irregularities in the application submitted for funding.The CRA Board reserves the right to request and evaluate additional information from any applicant after the submission deadline as the CRA Board deems necessary.
I have read completely and understand the program, including the application guidelines and grant reimbursement process.
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