This program is designed to provide grants for the demolition of commercial and residential buildings and revitalization of surrounding properties.
Nearly $150 million is available. The majority of the funds, approximately $106 million, will be available on first-come, first-served basis statewide as provided for in statute. The balance of the funds available will provide for a $500,000 set-aside per county that will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis until June 30, 2022. After June 30, 2022, any remaining funds in the county set-aside will be added to general fund and made available for grants throughout the state on a first-come, first-served basis.
Blighted, vacant or abandoned structures are eligible for demolition. Lead entities should utilize the local governments’ strategic plan and/or Community Housing Improvement Strategy to identify blighted, vacant or abandoned structures must if available.
Commercial and residential buildings on sites that are not brownfields are eligible properties. Commercial properties include buildings that were used for retail, office, manufacturing, industrial, industrial warehousing, institutional, or other non-residential or mixed-use (meaning any mix of these uses or a mix of residential and commercial uses) purposes. Non-vacant and blighted structures are not eligible, unless they are contiguous and/or connected to vacant and blighted structures that are necessary to demolish.
Counties must establish one “Lead Entity” that will be the applicant and award recipient. A county land reutilization corporation shall be the lead entity if one is established. If a county has not created a county land reutilization corporation, the Board of County Commissioners must submit a lead entity letter of intent and grant user access for to identify a lead entity.
A subrecipient agreement between the lead entity and other end users (i.e. other local governments, nonprofit organizations, community development corporations, regional planning commissions, community action agencies, etc.) must be submitted as part of the application, if applicable.