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l__l__skyline_of_appelton_large2The Community and Economic Development Department is here to help you discover why quality of life is serious business in Appleton.

Our mission is to deliver programs, administer regulations, and provide resources to:

» Present Appleton as a leader in the Fox Cities in which to live and do business,
» Promote comprehensive and smart growth concepts to ensure land use compatibility and quality built environments,
» Enhance and diversify the tax base through new construction and reinvestments in existing areas,
» Support improvements in the housing stock and advance the quality of our neighborhoods,
» Partner with the community in initiatives that promote Appleton as a vibrant area and improve the lives of Appleton's citizens.
Please visit our program areas for more detailed information on the resources of the Community and Economic Development Department.

 

**NEW TAX INCREMENTAL FINANCING DISTRICTS (TIFs #11 & #12)**

The City of Appleton is now accepting applications for Business Enhancement Grants for properties located in the newly created Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF) #11 and #12 in specified areas of Downtown Appleton.  Click on the following maps to determine your eligibility:  TIF #11 Boundary Map and TIF #12 Boundary Map  

Business Enhancement Grants are available for up to $7,000 maximum grant per project with a fifty-percent (50%) match required by the applicant.  Applicants may use ADI Façade Grant funds for twenty-five percent (25%) of the applicant match amount. 

In order to be eligible, the property must currently be used for commercial uses, or intended for commercial use upon completion of the project.   

Eligible projects improvements are for the exterior of the building and priority will be given to front facades.  Typical eligible project costs include, but are not limited to, labor, materials and design assistance for: 

  1. Installation, restoration, repair or replacement of windows, doors, exterior walls, chimneys, or other architectural elements.
  2. Exterior painting, only in conjunction with other physical improvements.
  3. Removing false facades and other inappropriate additions.
  4. Exterior work necessary for conversion to retail, office or other general commercial uses.
  5. Masonry repair or cleaning, only in conjunction with other physical improvements.
  6. Landscaping and fencing.
  7. Parking lot improvements. 
  8. Exterior improvements for the handicapped including, but not limited to, ramps, doors, door openers, walks, guardrails, no-slip materials or level platforms at doors.
  9. Roof work.

The costs associated with any new signage, awning, marquees and related lighting and electrical fixtures are not eligible for the 50% grant reimbursement by the City but can be included in the applicant's 50% matching funds for the total project.

For more information, please review the Business Enhancement Grant Program Guidelines by clicking on the following:  Business Enhancement Grant Program Guidelines TIF #11 and Business Enhancement Grant Program Guidelines TIF #12, and contact the City of Appleton Community & Economic Development Department at 920-832-6468.

Please click here for the Application.  Send your completed application and attachments to the staff contact noted in the application packet.  Grants are awarded on a first-come, first serve basis.

 

Tax Incremental Financing Districts #11 & #12 were approved by the Common Council at their August 2, 2017 meeting and the Joint Review Board at their August 9, 2017 meeting. 

Tax Incremental Financing District #11 is located along East College Avenue approximately from Drew Street to just west of Superior Street, south to Water Street and north to East Washington Street.  The purpose of the District is to eliminate blight and stimulate redevelopment, encourage commercial and residential development and improvements, to maintain and improve the tax base, increase employment opportunities, and improve the overall aesthetics of this area.  Click here for the TID #11 Project Plan.  Click here for an easier to read copy of the Parcel List for this Plan.  Click on the following for maps:  Tax Incremental Financing District #11 Boundary and Tax Incremental Financing District #11 Existing Uses and Conditions  and Tax Incremental Financing District #11 Boundary & 1/2 Mile Buffer   and TID #11 Proposed Improvements & Public Works Projects by Development Area

Tax Incremental Financing District #12 is located along West College Avenue from approximately the Badger Avenue/Story Street intersection to Walnut Street.  The purpose of the District is to encourage commercial and residential development and improvements, to maintain and improve the tax base, increase employment opportunities, and improve the overall aesthetics of this corridor by the rehabilitation and conservation of existing properties and businesses as well as the redevelopment of vacant, blighted, and underutilized properties as needed to support the renewal of this urban corridor.  Click here for the TID #12 Project Plan.  Click here for an easier to read copy of the Parcel List for this Plan.  Click on the following for maps:  Tax Incremental Financing District #12 Boundary and Tax Incremental Financing District #12 Existing Uses and Conditions  and Tax Incremental Financing District #12 Boundary & 1/2 Mile Buffer and TID #12 Proposed Improvements & Public Works Projects by Development Area

For clarification, Tax Incremental Financing District #3 is located in the middle of these 2 new proposed TIFs. Click on the following for the map showing the boundaries:  Downtown TIFs 

The following provides an overview of Tax Incremental Financing Districts and how they work.  Click on the following link for more information TIF District Overview

 

E-mail Director of Community and Economic Development Karen Harkness

2018 Calendar of meetings and deadlines for Community and Economic Development

Contact: Karen Harkness - Director of Community and Economic Development
Phone: 920-832-6468
Fax: 920-832-5994
Click here to email
Mailing Address: 100 N. Appleton Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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