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Vacant Property Initiative Fund

Commercial Property Loans

216.664.2406 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - 601 Lakeside Ave., Room 210

These loans are specifically designed to overcome barriers to the full re-use of abandoned, idled or underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Eligible applicants include private developers and businesses, and non-profit CDC’s (for projects that will pay real estate taxes).

Vacant or underutilized buildings or land with prior commercial, industrial or institutional usage are eligible, if at least 20 years old and 40% vacant for 2 years. The applicant must own the property, have a committed end user, and be current with city and county taxes. “Big Box” or retail mall developments are excluded.

Loans may be used for property acquisition, environmental site assessments, site clearance and demolition, and new construction. Appraisals can be determined by the “as is” or “as completed” property status.

Additional Considerations

  • Prevailing wage rates must be paid. Construction projects with total costs of $100,000 or more must comply with MBE/FBE regulations (details)
  • Construction projects with City assistance exceeding $10,000 must include Cleveland residents (20% of the total employed) for the construction project, and 4% of those employees must be low-income residents (details)
  • When the total value of City assistance exceeds $75,000 to businesses with 20 or more employees, the wage-only compensation of all employees must be a living wage (currently a minimum of $10.00/hour)

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Department of Economic Development
Tracey A. Nichols, Director
601 Lakeside Ave, Room 210
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2406
F: 216.664.3681
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Eligible applicants for Vacant Property Initiative Funds include private developers

Mission Statement


To provide assistance to businesses expanding within or locating to the city of Cleveland including financing, workforce solutions and technical assistance that will encourage investment in the community to enhance the lives of our citizens.

- Economic Development