Design Assistance Grant


Transforming historic buildings into useable spaces for Downtown Lakeland.
Downtown Design Assistance is intended to give property owners, developers or business owners access to professional technical assistance regarding site development and building and fire code compliance for existing properties with Downtown. A particular emphasis of this program is to bring existing second and third floor spaces back to occupancy. Other qualified projects will include those that convert ground floor spaces to retail or service uses.

Downtown Design Assistance allows applicants to select from six (6) of our very talented local architects to provide drawings which can then be reviewed by the City’s Development Review Team and Building Inspection Division for written comments. With the drawings and comments, applicants will be better equipped to evaluate the feasibility of their proposed projects.  This Design Assistance Program reinforces the LDDA and Downtown CRA’s commitment to creating redevelopment opportunities in Downtown Lakeland.