Façade Improvement Program
The Doral Façade Improvement Grant Program was created in 2012 to provide financial assistance to businesses and commercial property owners in Doral in order to improve the appearance of buildings within the Doral Décor District. The program’s geographical boundaries were expanded in 2017 to include the municipality’s main tile, trade, industrial and commercial districts. The Doral Façade Improvement Grant program is designed to stimulate private investment, encourage beautification of the district, boost economic growth and foster job creation in the City. In addition to enhancing the appearance of the streetscape, successful façade improvement projects help new and established businesses attract customers, leverage private investment, and inspire improvements to neighboring buildings to create renovation clusters. All grant funding is provided as reimbursement for project costs.
The competitive reimbursement grant program provides financial assistance for external façade improvements to properties within the specified target area. The Façade Improvement Grant Program facilitates redevelopment by:
- Reimbursing up to 25% of the costs, up to $5,000 per property, for façade improvements.
- The program is available to business and commercial properties south of NW 58th Street, north of NW 12th Street, east of NW 87th Avenue, and west of the Palmetto Expressway. SEE MAP BELOW
- Highly visible buildings along major roads and properties within the Doral Décor District will be prioritized.
Eligible ImprovementsThe program provides financial assistance for the following external “facelift” improvements:
- Detached monument signs
- Sidewalks/Surface Parking
- ADA improvements
- Pedestrian amenities
Conditions for automatic disqualification
- Businesses that relocate out of the district during the process.
- Must not have delinquent loan (s) and/or unresolved liens.
- Must not have an active violation from the City of Doral for the work to be funded by the grant.
- Construction must not have begun on the work to be funded by the grant.
- A pre-application meeting with the Economic Development division is required.
- This completed grant application shall be submitted to the Economic Development division along with all required documentation, including the Building permit and project plans.
- Application will be reviewed by the Economic Development division.
- Additional submittal documents may be requested upon review of this application.
- Applicant will be informed of the approval or denial of this application in writing.
- If the application is approved, the grant amount will be listed on the approval.
- The grant funds will be issued upon completion of the approved improvements as stipulated in the grant agreement, pending approval of the final inspection by the Building Department and authorization by the City Manager.
- Submit one completed original application with all requested documentation.
- Must provide 3 estimates from licensed contractors for each improvement.
- Must provide proof that the business has been operating for the past 1 year, (example: License, State Corporations, Sales Tax, or utility bill.)
- Must submit a current Local Business Tax receipt.
- Must submit a printed copy of your active State of Florida Corporation OR Fictitious Name if business is incorporated (Sunbiz.org).
- Must submit picture of the façade of the business location.
- Must provide copy of picture ID (driver’s license, Florida ID, or Immigration card) of owner.
- A physical address is required. No P.O Box as mailing address allowed.
Application DownloadFaçade Improvement Grant Application Form
Completed grant applications shall be submitted along with the building permit to the:
Economic Development Division
City of Doral
8401 NW 53rd Terrace
Doral, FL 33166
Manuel Pila - Economic Developer
305-593-6725 ext. 7016
Alex Tejerizo - Economic Development/Grants Coordinator
305-593-6725 ext. 7011
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
In August 2016, the City of Doral implemented the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, a federally-inspired and state-approved endeavor to incentivize property owners to gain access to available funding for home energy-saving upgrades. It provides homeowners an additional voluntary option when considering how to finance improvements to their property that will increase energy efficiency, as well as safeguard their homes from hurricanes. A wide range of improvements are included in the program from impact windows and doors to solar panels and efficient air conditioners.
PACE allows property owners to pay for energy-efficient upgrades by accessing the equity in their homes, without credit checks and without compromising their income/debt ratio. Property owners can choose terms between 15-25 years and pay off their investment through an add-on to their yearly tax bill.
What is PACE?
- Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is design to provides residences with an alternative mechanism for financing energy conservation and efficiency (i.e. energy-efficient heating, cooling, or ventilation systems), renewable energy (i.e. solar panels), wind resistance (i.e. impact resistant windows) and other improvements that are consistent with state law.
- PACE is an integrated energy program design to protect our natural resources (i.e. reduction in carbon footprint and energy cost) while improving the quality of life of our residences in a cost-effective manner.
- PACE is an important component of the city’s comprehensive economic development program because it generates new employment and business opportunities in our community and positively impacts the tax base of the city.
- PACE has generated significant amount of investment in energy efficiency technology that translate into financial savings for residents and business owners.
- The method of financing (property assessments) under the PACE Program provides a secure, well established payback mechanism that enables lower borrowing costs.
- PACE Programs must comply with applicable federal and state consumer laws and include adequate disclosures to and training for homeowners participating in the program.
- PACE Programs will help assure that energy retrofits are designed to pay for themselves within a reasonable period, and homeowners are protected against fraud or substandard work.