For those who want an outdoor adventure in and around one of the most beautiful towns anywhere, Charlevoix, Michigan offers a most picturesque setting on three lakes (including Lake Michigan), a quaint, charming and vibrant downtown and one-of-a-kind festivals. At once historic and progressive, Charlevoix has all the comforts of a larger community, including highly-ranked schools, a local hospital, low crime rate and opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the community. Charlevoix. It’s a classic beauty.
Commercial Redevelopment District
Public Act 255 of 1978 encourages the replacement, restoration, and new construction of commercial property by abating the property taxes generated from new investment for a period up to 12 years. As defined, commercial property means land improvements whether completed or in the process of construction, the primary purpose and use of which is the operation of a commercial business enterprise. Mixed-use developments maybe eligible, but the abatement will only apply to the commercial potion of the property. Land and personal property are not eligible for abatement under this act.
Types of commercial property enterprises include:
- Parts distribution
- Research and development
- Retail sales
For more information, please view the Commercial Facilities Exemption Certificate Policy (PDF).
Redevelopment Liquor License
Redevelopment Liquor License (PA 501)To encourage cities to enhance their quality of life for their residents and visitors to their communities, the Liquor Control Commission may issue public on-premises licenses in addition to those quota licenses currently allowed in those cities. Eligible businesses must be:
- Located in an established business district, or redevelopment area
- Have spent at least $75,000 in building improvements
- Must have a seating capacity of at least 25 people
- Among other requirements
For more information, please view the Redevelopment Liquor License (PDF).
Facade Grant Incentive Program
The grant program was created to encourage private investment in historic facades by providing financial incentives. Historically sensitive rehabilitation and dramatic improvement of facades in downtown Charlevoix will encourage good design that will serve as quality examples to preserve the architectural character that is distinctive to Charlevoix. By improving the appearance of the building facades, the program helps to improve the economic viability of the downtown.
For more information, please view the Facade Grant Incentive Program page.
Match on Main Grant
“Match on Main” is a reimbursement grant program, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, for small businesses located in Select or Master level Michigan Main Street communities. Up to $30,000 is available for eligible businesses and requires a 10% cash match. This grant program will provide funding to Select or Master level Michigan Main Street programs to support small business owners as they explore ways to improve the interior space. The goal of Match on Main is threefold:
- to strengthen small business through working with the local Main Street program and through consulting with the Small Business Development Center thus making the business more sustainable for the long term,
- to reactivate underutilized and vacant commercial space in MMS districts, and
- To grow the Community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting place-based businesses that fit within the Main Street Program’s strategy and priorities.
For more information, please view the Match on Main Grant page.