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Downtown Office Program

The Downtown Office Tenant Recruitment and Retention program seeks to proactively fill the vacancies in office space inventory and retain existing employers. Downtown's abundance of available Class B and C office space presents an opportunity to attract emerging technology companies. The increase in daytime population and jobs in the downtown supports the Agency's efforts to make downtown a thriving place for employees, residents and visitors. For more information, please contact Hope Shapiro at 408-535-8500.

Enterprise Zone Program

The San Jose Enterprise Zone Program is administered by the San Jose Redevelopment Agency. The Enterprise Zone Program, established by the State of California in 1984, was designed to encourage business investment and create job opportunities by providing various tax credits and deductions to businesses in areas in need of economic development. The zone encompasses a 12 square-mile state-designated area including Downtown San Jose, North San Jose, Edenvale Technology Park in South San Jose, several Neighborhood Business Districts and Julian/Stockton and Monterey Corridor Redevelopment Areas. Learn more>>

Facade Improvement Program

NOTE: Other than projects in the pipeline, due to the State of the California take of $75 million in Redevelopment funds in FY 2009-10 and 2010-11 and the economic downturn, the Facade Improvement Program is currently on hold.

Created in 1987, the Facade Improvement Program (FIP) provides assistance to business and property owners within the Neighborhood Business Districts and Downtown San Jose.

The FIP offers:

  • Free architectural design services.
  • Permit processing and fee payment assistance.
  • Bidding and construction management assistance.
  • Non-historic buildings are eligible to receive $35,000 for every 60 linear feet of storefront or one grant per storefront. The Agency will match up to an additional $5,000, if matched with a $5,000 contribution from the applicant.
  • Buildings on the Historic Resources Inventory are eligible to receive $45,000 per 60 linear feet of frontage or per storefront. The Agency will match up to an additional $5,000, if matched with a $5,000 contribution from the applicant.

Exterior facade improvements can increase business exposure and pedestrian traffic, and enliven older, commercial districts.

Areas eligible for FIP are shown below (see application). From 1987 to 2008, the Agency has invested a total of $20.2 million in more than 600 buildings/businesses in downtown and Neighborhood Business Districts.

For more information on Downtown FIP assistance, contact Dolores Montenegro at 408.535.8500, for information on neighborhood FIP assistance,
contact Richard Keit at 408.535.8500.

Retail Recruitment Program

The Retail Strategy ensures a comprehensive approach to leasing in which new tenants receive facilitation from site introduction through store opening.   The focus areas include Downtown and 9 neighborhood business districts: The Alameda, Alum Rock Avenue, Japantown, West San Carlos Street, Winchester Boulevard, East Santa Clara Street, Story Road, North 13th Street and Blossom Hill Road & Almaden Expressway.  For more information regarding retail opportunities in San Jose please contact Christine Velasquez of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency at 408-535-8500.

Signage Grant Program

NOTE: Other than projects in the pipeline, due to the State of the California take of $75 million in Redevelopment funds in FY 2009-10 and 2010-11 and the economic downturn, the Signage Grant Program is currently on hold.

The Signage Grant Program provides financial assistance to eligible commercial businesses (including retail and offices) to install new signage or upgrade existing signage in order to create a positive commercial environment in Downtown San Jose and the Redevelopment Project Areas. Since the program was implemented in 2005, 60 signs have been installed throughout San Jose totaling $556,800.

Criteria used to select grant recipients include need, business location, elimination of blight, and visibility of the space. Businesses that have received a Façade Improvement Program grant within the last 7 years are now eligible to participate in this program. The maximum potential Signage Grant is $12,000 per eligible business storefront. For more information, please contact Dolores Montenegro at 408-535-8500.

Small Business Loans

NOTE: Other than projects in the pipeline, due to the State of the California take of $75 million in Redevelopment funds in FY 2009-10 and 2010-11 and the economic downturn, the Small Business Loans Program is currently on hold.

The San Jose Redevelopment Agency (SJRA) created the small business loan program in 2002 to strengthen and improve San Jose’s retail environment by providing low-interest loans up to $25,000 to eligible ground floor retail businesses in redevelopment areas. Loan proceeds may be used to fund business needs such as equipment, working capital, inventory, furniture and fixtures, and other reasonable uses.

For more information, email Chris Coggins at christopher.coggins@sanjoseca.gov or call 408-795-1860.



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