The purpose of the grant program, funded by the Economic Development Authority in collaboration with the Police and Community Development departments, is to encourage businesses and commercial property owners within the City’s central business district to revitalize, rehabilitate, and restore exterior storefronts. In an effort to reduce crime along Central Ave and enhance safety, the CHPD will also use the grant program to provide monitored surveillance adjacent to the businesses.
FIRE SUPPRESSION GRANT, PILOT PROGRAM
The Columbia Heights Economic Development Authority (the “EDA”) has created and now offers the Fire Suppression Grant, Pilot Program (the “Grant Program”). As part of the City’s Business Retention and Expansion Strategy, the EDA has identified the need to bolster public safety and improve the commercial stock within the city. Setting out to encourage the revitalization, rehabilitation, and restoration of older, underutilized commercial spaces within the City of Columbia Heights (the “City”). Many of the older commercial structures throughout the city lack basic fire suppression systems or infrastructure for said systems. As new businesses seek to develop in the city, they are limited by code requirements for the instillation of fire suppression systems. These improvements are very costly making it difficult for small business to enter and utilize many of the City’s older and smaller commercial spaces. The Fire Suppression Grant, Pilot Program seeks to assist businesses and property owners in partially alleviating the costs of installing fire suppression systems. This program, being initiated by the Community Development Department shall be a pilot program for the remainder of 2022 and 2023.