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Urban Revitalization


Develop a comprehensive plan to address blight and disinvestment in the City's urban core; identify locations to strategically invest City funds to encourage and serve as a catalyst for private revitalization and investment in neighborhoods.

Current Update

In 2Q 2019, staff worked to create the structure and regulations of the new Davenport Dream Project that will launch in 3Q 2019. The Davenport DREAM Project has $900k in seed funding through CIP and CDBG sources for FY20. New homeowners will be eligible for a grant of up to $25k for improvements to their property and existing homeowners are eligible for a grant of up to $15k for exterior and major mechanical improvements to their property. In addition to the structure of the program, staff worked with a local marketing firm to create a marketing and branding concept for the project..  

Previous Status

In 1Q 2019, city staff worked with county staff and elected officials to change the county ordinance relating to the tax certificate sale process. The ordinance will go before the County Board in 2Q for approval. Staff also enlisted TAG to assist with a branding and marketing effort for the urban revitalization program. Staff will present a plan for CIP funding to Council during a work session in 2Q.

Operational Pillar: Fiscal Vitality

Council Goal: N/A

Project Leader: Ott/All

Target Completion: Ongoing

Progress: 60%
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