Downtown Facade Improvement Program

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The City of Mesa Downtown Façade Improvement Program, funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), is designed to assist property owners and tenants in making improvements to the appearance of their building frontages. Commercial or mixed-use properties within the Pedestrian Overlay Area (see map below) located between Country Club and Sirrine/Centennial from 1st Street to 1st Avenue in Downtown Mesa are eligible to apply for funding to complete façade architectural design and contingent upon the City receiving future grant funding up to $50,000 towards demolition and construction costs to implement the architectural design.

Ten (10) properties are currently participating in the program. See the Interactive Map & Photos to see preliminary designs for these properties, current images and historical photos.

Important Documents and Information

Forms for Selected Properties


Interactive Map & Photos button link



For questions regarding the program application and program details, contact:

Jeff Robbins


Frequently Asked Questions

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Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Can I choose a design that will exceed the maximum grant amount 0f $50,000? If so, will I be required to pay for the difference?

  • Do I get to choose my design consultant and the contractor for construction?

  • How much in grant funding am I eligible to receive?

  • I am a property owner. Do I need to work with my tenant?

  • I am a tenant. Do I need the property owner’s approval?

  • If I apply for the design phase, do I have to re-apply for the construction phase?

  • Is there a grant match requirement?

  • This is Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding - how much reporting and grant management am I required to do?

  • What documents do I have to submit?

  • What does the anticipated timeline look like?

  • Will I have to pay upfront and, if so, to whom?