JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Tuesday, city leaders will discuss a plan that aims to bring new restuarants, offices spaces and other shopping opportunities to the Northbank core retail area in downtown Jacksonville.
Under the Downtown Retail Enhancement Grant Program, a program that focuses on attracting new businesses and keeping current businesses in the area, the Downtown Investment Authority will distribute $750,000 in recoverable grants to business owners who have qualified projects, to help with some of the costs of renovating or preparing a commercial space downtown.
The money would also help retain the existing businesses already in the Northbank core retail area. The DIA will award grant funding on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are an interested business owner looking to bring your project downtown, click here to review the program, funding and application requirements.
Below is a list of businesses the city would like to attract to the area.
- Coffee/Tea shops
- Apparel stores including accessories (purses, scarves, hats)
- Hobby stores, craft store and supplies
- Pet stores and supplies
- Kitchen/home accessories
- Business incubators
- Information technology offices
- Shoe stores
- Toy stores
- Art supplies, framing stores
- Specialty food stores/delicatessens
- Gift Stores
- Book stores
- Stationery stores
- Small appliances
- Sporting goods
- Entertainment venues
- Jewelry stores
- Specialty retail apparel such as bridal, formal gown, tuxedo, costume. (does not include rental)
- Art Galleries
- Office supply stores
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