Storefront Improvement Grant Program Targets 12th St. Brookland Businesses

12th Street Businesses In Brookland. Can we get these leased too?

Some of our local businesses could see a face lift soon as part of a new grant program targeting  the 12th Street, NE business corridor called the Storefront Improvement Program (SIP). The SIP is primarily funded by a $25,000 contribution from Abdo Development, and$5,000 in matching funds from the DC government. Abdo made the contribution as part of the amenities package associated with the Monroe Street Market development. The District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is managing the grant program, which will pay for storefront improvements. The DSLBD conducted a similar program in 2009, which provided signage, awning, lighting and other improvements to 12th Street businesses Pizza Boli’s (now Pizza Kingdom), Brookland Grill, Total Relaxation, Michigan Liquor, and the Menkiti Group. The grant application process is online only, at the DSLBD’s Small Business Recource Center (SBRC) with a May 15 deadline. To register, applicants must sign up to be a SBRC Client here and don’t forget to put “12th Street SIP” in the notes section of the form. For more information, contact program manager Camille Nixon at 202-741-0821 or camille(dot)nixon(at)dc(dot)gov.

(Hat Tip: Ward 5 Heartbeat)

3 thoughts on “Storefront Improvement Grant Program Targets 12th St. Brookland Businesses”

  1. I’d *love* for a new coffee shop to open up in one of these empty storefronts on 12th. Or a wine bar. 🙂

  2. Welcome to the frustrating world of the free market. While government can provide limited support and grants, often times we’re at the mercy of the individual property owners. I have heard from those who have working to open businesses in now vacant storefronts on 12th Street have been stymied by current landlords / leaseholders as they holdout for more money or more generous terms for them. Instead of new businesses, we continue to have vacant storefronts.

    One way to encourage owners of vacant storefronts to do something with them is to make sure they’re paying vacant property tax rates; has anyone done a check of addresses against the DC Real Property Tax Database to see if everything that’s vacant being taxed as vacant?

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting. I too have heard similar stories and have been working on putting together a post on the commercial real estate market in Brookland, specifically 12th St. Unfortunately now that new development is around the corner, these property owners are waiting for an even bigger pay day, which will make it even more difficult for mom/pop and small upstarts to afford.

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