The downtown is located within an established Central Business District (CBD) and Redevelopment Area (RDA). Provided the development meets certain conditions and approval of a development agreement with the City, the City may grant a GPLET with an 8-year tax abatement. This incentive exchanges the regular tax rate with what is often a much lower excise tax.
Expedited building/construction plan review
Mesa offers expedited and super expedited plan review for 100% or 200% of the permit cost, respectively. No-cost expedited plan review can be negotiated on a case by case basis.
Long-term structured parking leases
The City of Mesa owns numerous surface and structured parking lots in downtown with long-term leases options.
Self-certification of building/construction plans
The Self-Certification Program eliminates plan review by allowing a registered professional to take responsibility for and certify a project's compliance with building code, standards and ordinances. Self-Certification reduces permit issuance to within five working days of application.
Designated Downtown Project Manager
Large development or redevelopment projects may be assigned a dedicated downtown project manager at no cost to help navigate the project through municipal level processes, permits and agreements.
Sign Program (unfunded)
In 2019, the City of Mesa received generous grant funding from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The grant funded new signage for 15 downtown small businesses. Businesses received up to $8,000 to refurbish or install new signage. Eight of the fifteen signs featured neon-like lighting elements in homage to Main Streets historic neon sign alley.
The Office of Downtown Transformation has applied for 2022 grant funding. Should funding be awarded, the City anticipates notifying eligible downtown property owners of the grant application process and requirements in early 2022.
Downtown Small Business Attraction Utility Rate
The Downtown Small Business Attraction Utility Rate Program offers a 25% reduction in energy and water bills for three years for new businesses that fit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition of a small business.
The City of Mesa Downtown Façade Improvement Program completed seven façade projects in early 2019. An eighth project, 12 West Brewery, was completed December 2019. This 100% grant funded program invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into revitalizing commercial facades in Mesa’s Historic Downtown properties to attract new tenants, catalyze redevelopment and create new low-to-moderate income jobs.
The program is not currently funded.
See the Interactive Map & Photos to see completed projects.