Chapter 9 Economic DevelopmentDowntown Revitalization Ranking

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Chapter 9 Economic DevelopmentDowntown Revitalization Ranking

Chapter VIII ED Downtown Revitalization

    Chapter 8: Economic Development Downtown Revitalization

Part A: Instructions

Downtown revitalization projects address prevention or elimination of slum and blight as

    their national objective, but a downtown revitalization is made up of much more than just

    infrastructure improvements. Therefore the following ranking criteria look at the larger

    effort, rather than just the Idaho Community Block Grant project component.

I. Organization (75 points): This criterion measures the strength and depth of

    local commitment to the revitalization effort and the narrative should describe

    how the community is actively organized to plan and implement the downtown

    revitalization process. This includes the commitment and activities of steering

    committees, business owners, chamber of commerce, and economic development


    Writer’s Guide: Complete the

    narrative in the section provided in

    part B of this chapter.

    II. Economic Assessments (75 points): This criterion measures the

    comprehensiveness of the assessments that direct the implementation of the

    community’s downtown revitalization plan. Knowing and understanding the

    market forces which support a community’s downtown is the foundation of any

    revitalization effort. As a result the assessment must include:

    A. Goals and objectives for the downtown (i.e., encourage business development

     revise zoning, façade program; trade farmers markets, civic gathering area,


    B. Existing vacancy rate of downtown buildings.

    C. Identify barriers to downtown revitalization, which at a minimum should

    include assessment of: Infrastructure needs / zoning / building codes / traffic

    patterns / parking / illumination and lighting / Private investment / ADA

    accessibility / Maintenance / Signage / Employment / Cultural Facilities.

    D. Identify the existing businesses, land uses, and economic trends in the

    downtown area.

    E. A market study or survey of downtown business owners and/or downtown

    customers regarding the downtown needs, design issues, desired amenities

    and activities, and target markets.

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    Writer’s Guide: Include

    Revitalization Plan in Appendix.

    III. Implementation (200 points): The ability of a community to demonstrate recent

    tangible efforts from its downtown assessment process and revitalization plan.

A. Action items (50 points) and implementation time frame (50 points): This

    measures the action items of the revitalization plan including timelines and

    assigned responsibilities. Actions items should include specific construction

    projects, marketing campaigns, zoning revisions, BID proposal, etc.

    Writer’s Guide: Include the

    community’s Revitalization Plan in

    the Appendix. If the Plan does not

    adequately capture the action items

    provide detail in the narrative.

    B. Design professional activities (50 points): This measures the

    comprehensiveness of visioning ideas, design plans, cost estimates, and

    specifications developed for both the CDBG project and the overall vision of

    the physical downtown environment.

    Writer’s Guide: Include site plans

    and cost estimate in the Appendix.

    C. Previous amount accomplished (50 points): This measures activities and

    action items that have been completed or have recently commenced.

    Writer’s Guide: If not detailed in

    Revitalization Plan provide narrative.

    IV. Slum and Blight (200 points): All downtown revitalization applications must

    meet slum and blight national objective and receive at least 125 points in this

    category. The points for slum and blight will be awarded as follows:

A. Need and impact (100 points):

    1. Adopt Resolution for (Slum and Blight) Redevelopment, Page 11: Each

    applicant whose project will meet the slum and blight national objective

    must pass a resolution declaring the area to be slum and blight. The

    resolution must include a written description of the area and the conditions

    of the infrastructure and buildings. The applicant must take into

    consideration whether the project contains acquisition, demolition or

    clearance activities and include the last clause of the sample. Include the

    percentage of deteriorated buildings regardless of whether or not the

    project addresses rehabilitation of those buildings

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    2. For the slum and blight conditions that are being addressed with grant

    funds, what measurable effect will the project have on the economic

    environment of the downtown area? Consider the following:

    (a) Increase in private investment

    (b) Establishment of new businesses or business expansion

    (c) Sales growth

    (d) Improvement of the appearance and value of property

    (e) Reduction of vacancy rates and increased housing units

    Writer’s Guide: You should have

    addressed the need in the National

    Objective documentation you

    completed in Chapter 5. Use the

    narrative to state in measurable

    terms how the slum and blight

    project will have an impact on the

    economic environment of the

    downtown area.

    B. Relationship to overall plan (100 points):

    1. How the proposed project is related to the other actions and needs of the

    implementation plan.

    2. Whether the proposed project is foundational or peripheral to the

    revitalization of the downtown economy.

    3. How logically sequenced the activities being proposed are in relation to

    the other activities.

    Writer’s Guide: Commerce staff will

    award points based on information

    provided throughout the application.

    You do not need to write a narrative

    to address these criteria.

    V. Idaho Community Development Block Grant Project (350 points): CDBG

    funds alone will not create or sustain communities’ downtown revitalization efforts. Other resources, including financial, need to be dedicated to ensure

    successful activities and improvements. The points will be awarded as follows:

    A. Project local match (100 points): This measures the percentage of local

    match or applicant funds and in-kind as defined in Chapter 5 committed to the

    project. Match may include items such as cash on hand, LID/BID, bonds,

    revolving loan funds, urban renewal funds, or resort city tax.

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    Writer’s Guide: The information

    will be taken from the Budget Sheet

    you filled out in the general part of

    the application in Chapter 5.

    B. Project other match (75 points): This measures the percentage of all other

    non-local match funds committed to the project including private, state, and

    federal sources used to fund or complete the Idaho CDBG funded activity.

    Writer’s Guide: The information

    from A and B will be taken from the

    Budget Sheet you filled out in the

    general part of the application in

    Chapter 5.

    C. BID/LID commitment (50 points): If the community has established a

    formal business or local improvement district prior to the submission of the

    application and addendum it will receive full points.

    Writer’s Guide: If the community

    has a BID or LID, provide


    D. Related implementation expenditures (60 points): This measures the percentage of private investment or related expenditures spent on other

    revitalization plan action items or activities compared to the grant funds being requested. Applicable action items are those that are a part of the overall

    downtown revitalization effort, but are not a part of the CDBG funded project. Amounts spent on these other action items one year before and after the

    application is submitted may be included.

    Writer’s Guide: Provide a

    description and document other

    revitalization plan action items and

    amounts spent on these items.

    E. Long-term program involved (65 points): This measures the use of CDBG and other funds to provide additional dollars or resources long term that will

    assist the community in sustaining its downtown efforts and activities, such as

    a Business Improvement District (BID), urban renewal district, resort city tax,

    revolving loan program, or façade program. A keeper of the flame to ensure

    the revitalization plan and its components are implemented.

    Writer’s Guide: Describe and

    document how the community will

    ensure continued funding of

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    downtown development programs

    and operations.

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Part B: Forms

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    Part B: Forms

Review and Ranking Narrative:

I. Organization: Describe how the community is actively organized to plan and

    implement the revitalization process. (1/3 page narrative)

II. Assessments: (Scoring based on information provided in Revitalization Plan

    located in Appendix)

III. Implementation:

    A. Action items/implementation time frame: (Scoring based on information

    provided in Revitalization Plan located in Appendix)

    B. Design professional activities: (Documentation in Appendix)

    C. Previous amounts accomplished: (Documentation in Appendix and/or 1/2

    page narrative)

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    IV. Slum and Blight:

    A. Need and Impact:

    1. Provide Resolution in Appendix

    2. State in measurable terms how the slum and blight project will have an

    impact on the economic environment of your downtown area. (1/3 page


    B. Relationship to overall (revitalization) plan. Scoring is based on information

    provided in Chapter 5. No action required.

V. Idaho Community Development Block Grant Project:

    A.-B. Scoring is based on information provide in Chapter 5, budget sheet. No

    action required.

    C. ____ Yes ____ No. Check yes or no if you have a BID/LID. If yes, provide

    documentation in appendix.

    D. Related Implementation Expenditures:

    Action Items Amount

     Total = _____________

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    E. Long-term program involved: Describe how your community will use CDBG

    funds to leverage a payback mechanism for funds that will sustain downtown

    redevelopment. (1/3 page narrative)

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