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Commercial Programs

Northeast Shores commercial staff can guide you through the process of opening or expanding your business in the North Shores Collinwood area. Services range from financing referrals tailored to your needs to guidance through the city permit process.


Storefront Renovation Program (SRP)

The SRP provides technical and financial assistance for a comprehensive exterior renovation to a commercial building in commercial target areas. A 40% grant rebate up to $25,000 or a 4.75% low interst loan is available from participating banks.

  • Free assistance in planning your improvement
  • Rebate is grant available to property owners
  • Curb appeal sells!

Download the Application
Contact Alenka Banco (216) 481-7660

Your Source for Neighborhood Market Research

Northeast Shores monitors business activity in the neighborhood's business districts - commissioning market studies to gauge how existing businesses are faring - and works to help businesses adjust to the changing market. Northeast Shores also uses the findings to determine what new businesses to recruit. The results of these studies, as well as other market data, are available to anyone currently in business in the neighborhood or considering opening or relocating a business here.

For additional commercial information, contact: John Boksansky (216) 481-7660

Property Referral Service

You can research available commercial space with one phone call to our Commercial Programs staff. We maintain a listing of commercial space for sale or lease in the neighborhood, along with contact information and square footage when available. To find out more about the features, retail spaces available and demographics of the three major business districts in the Northeast Shores area, check the "opportunities" link above.

Storefront Renovation Program (SRP)

Recieve a rebate or a low interest loan to make exterior improvements to your commercial property. Free professional design assistance by a storefront renovation specialist from the City of Cleveland is provided to program participants. The types of improvements covered are storefront/transom window replacement; exterior door replacement; repair/replacement of upper story windows; surface cleaning; new signage, lighting, and awnings; new curbing, decorative, yet functional, fencing; and fresh landscaping.

The Northeast Shores staff will help you throughout your renovation process, from application and bidding to design review and construction. Once the work has been completed, your SRP facilitator will prepare the final paperwork, close out the project and secure your final rebate or loan payment.

Business Revitalization Districts

Chances are if you own a commercial building in the area, you are within a Business Revitalization District (BRD). BRDs are located in major business hubs in the area, including: St. Clair Avenue, Lake Shore Boulevard, East 156th Street, East 185th Street and Waterloo Road.

Design Review is required for any exterior property repair or design change in which a permit is required. Interior improvements are exempt from the design review process, as are repairs associated with normal building maintenance. Design Review must occur before a permit can be issued and, ideally, should occur before a contractor applies for a permit. For further help, call Northeast Shores at (216) 481-7660 and ask about BRD assistance.

Marketing the Commercial Districts

Northeast Shores helps market North Shores Collinwoods's prime commercial districts to customers and new businesses. We support special events and produce district marketing materials to bring extra traffic to the area. We also make the shoppers' experience positive and unique among local commercial areas with district signage, proper maintenance, streetscape improvements and holiday decorations. We encourage repeat visits!

Vision for District Improvement

On the recommendation of neighborhood stakeholders, including business owners, Northeast Shores spearheads new ideas about key areas and develops artistic renderings of possible improvements. Northeast Shores also purchases vacant or underused buildings in key locations, completely renovates them, recruits tenants and leases the space - turning blighted corners into district assets.

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Northeast Shores Development Corp

317 East 156th Street Cleveland, OH 44110     phone: 216.481.7660     fax: 216.481.7129