LDDA Improvement Grant

LDDA Grants – Purpose and Priorities

Quick Facts:
Grants must be applied for prior to construction permits being issued.

Complete applications are due to the LDDA office – 117 N. Kentucky Ave Lakeland FL 33801 or jtownsend@LDDA.org by the last day of the month to be on the agenda for the following month’s meeting. (For example, to be on the September LDDA Board meeting agenda, the application must be received by August 31)

PDF Application at the bottom of this page.

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The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority desires to increase the business density in Downtown Lakeland (particularly retail), redevelop vacant properties with a focus on high demand areas, and improved building exteriors to increase walkability and connectivity throughout Downtown.

The LDDA currently offers applicants the opportunity to apply for the grant to support these priorities:

Façade Improvements
Tenant Leasehold Improvements

Grants and their amounts are awarded at the discretion of the LDDA board. The board considers many factors in its decision, including but not limited to the following:

  • Project location
  • Project significance to the redevelopment of Downtown
  • Property’s significance to the redevelopment of Downtown
  • Business type and how it complements the existing business mix
  • Property’s proposed use and activity generated (anticipated occupancy); projects ability to bring added visitors to Downtown
  • Hours of operation
  • Applicant experience
  • Applicant invest in the project
  • Property owner investment in the project
  • Number of jobs added to the LDDA district
  • Total cost of the project
  • Market saturation

The LDDA board will discuss each applicant/project at a regularly scheduled LDDA Board of Directors Meeting unless otherwise scheduled. Applicants are expected to attend the meeting and present their projects to the LDDA Board. Applicants should anticipate answering questions from board members. Grant awards are contingent upon conditions identified in the grant application.

Tenant Leasehold Improvement 

  • Electrical Upgrades – service upgrades, panel, upgrades, added circuits
  • HVAC/Mechanical Upgrades – install new mechanical and/or duct work to replace window unit; reconfigure ductwork for layout; upgrade to larger system required by increased occupancy
  • Plumbing Improvements – backflow preventers; drainage systems; connections; water lines;
  • ADA Improvements – ramp; bathrooms – (increased square footage, ADA toilet, wall mount sink, handrails); lifts/elevators for second floor access
  • Utility Connections – from the property to the city services; gas lines
  • Fire/Life Safety – sprinklers; fire separation
  • Fiber – wire for internet
  • Other cost associated with bringing the building up to code

Restrictions:
No converting retail space to office or restaurant (in core*)

Office Priorities:
Second floor office
Ground floor locations outside of retail core*

*Retail core identified as:
Kentucky & Tennessee from Lemon to Oak
Cedar
Lemon, Main, Pine, Bay from Mass Ave to Florida

Retail Priorities:
Any location currently utilized as ground floor office or chronically vacant in the retail core*

Façade Improvement – Existing structures in LDDA
Historically Significant Building
Goal: Restore buildings

  • Restoration of details on historically significant buildings
  • Removal of elements that cover architectural details
  • Storefront lighting that complements the façade
  • Structural improvements to the facade
  • Addition of awnings
  • Activating blank walls – murals, art, foliage features (pedestrian zones)
  • ADA Accessibility
  • Exterior treatments – siding, bricking (consistent with HPB design guidelines)
  • Repair/restoration of historically significant signage
  • Second floor balcony
  • Work must be must be approved by HBP.

Buildings outside of the Historic District
Goal: Convert to good urban design standards

  • Restoration of details on historically significant buildings
  • Removal of elements that cover architectural details
  • Storefront lighting that complements the façade
  • Window/door replacement specifically designed to increased pedestrian friendliness
  • Recessed entryway for sidewalk café
  • Façade articulation in compliance with good urban design standards
  • Removal of bars/dark tint on windows doors
  • Activating blank walls – murals, art, foliage features (pedestrian zones)
  • Addition of awnings
  • ADA Accessibility
  • Second floor balcony
  • Design Review approval from LDDA required.
  • Exterior treatments – siding, bricking (consistent with LDDA design guidelines)

Restrictions:
Items not covered: Paint, signage, design work

 

Grant Awards:
Grant amounts vary based on many factors that may be considered from the above list.  However, Historically awarded grant funds have been approximately 4% of the total redevelopment costs of the project. Funds are allocated as a reimbursement once a project is complete.

 

Complete applications are due to the LDDA office – 117 N. Kentucky Ave Lakeland FL 33801 or jtownsend@LDDA.org by the last day of the month to be on the agenda for the following month’s meeting. (For example, to be on the September LDDA Board meeting agenda, the application must be received by August 31)

GRANT APPLICATION